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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Dad abused gardai and flung bottle

COURT: I was attacked, says drunk

A FATHER-of-one hurled abuse at gardai when they asked him to put down a broken bottle he was seen carrying as he left a city centre restaurant.

Dominic Duignam (36) blamed his behaviour on an alleged assault on him by two other men before the gardai got to the scene, Dublin District Court heard.

Duignam, of Clinches Court, Dublin 3 admitted public drunkenness and breach of the peace at Middle Abbey Street on October 19, 2009.

The court heard gardai were called to a disturbance at Supermac's on O'Connell Street at 10.20pm.

When they arrived, they saw the accused exiting onto Abbey Street with a broken bottle in his hand.

When told to stop and put down the bottle, he said: "F*** off and go away".

He began trying to start fights with members of the public and threw the bottle down in an aggressive manner.

Duignam himself had been attacked earlier by two other men on O'Connell Street, Leanora Frawley, defending, said.

The court heard the defendant had 96 previous convictions and had had a "chronic and severe" drug addiction.

However, he was now completely drug-free and had a new baby with his partner

Judge John O'Neill adjourned the case for a probation report.

aphelan@herald.ie

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