Bus passengers had to help driver with abusive man
Bus passengers had to intervene to help a Dublin Bus driver after a young man threatened him, a court heard.
Dean Fitzpatrick (20) stood in front of the bus after he was made to get off.
Judge Dermot Dempsey ordered Fitzpatrick to complete 150 hours of community service in lieu of one month in prison.
The defendant admitted before Swords District Court to threatening and abusive behaviour last February 22.
Gda Brian Judge said the driver was heading from Lusk to Swords when Fitzpatrick and another male began acting aggressively.
Both were intoxicated, said the officer, and they were aggress- ive and threatening towards the driver. Passengers were forced to intervene, and Fitzpatrick and the other man were ejected on North Street in Swords.
Gda Judge said as the bus moved up North Street, Fitzpatrick stood out in the middle of the road and was acting aggressively towards the driver.
Defence lawyer Patrick Jackson said Fitzpatrick, of The Plaza, Ballymun, was drunk and does not have a great memory of the incident.
Mr Jackson also said Fitzpatrick wished to apologise for his behaviour.