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Eddie Cowman was ‘not coping’ on the day, the court heard

Eddie Cowman was ‘not coping’ on the day, the court heard

Eddie Cowman was ‘not coping’ on the day, the court heard

A drunken passenger who arrived late to check in for a flight at Dublin Airport hurled abuse at staff before throwing his own phone down a flight of stairs.

Eddie Cowman (33) was arrested for his behaviour at a check-in desk and admitted public order offences when he appeared before Dublin District Court.

Judge Bryan Smyth said he would apply the Probation Act, leaving Cowman without a record, if he makes a €200 charity donation. He adjourned the case for three months.

Cowman, of Church Road, Bunclody, Co Wexford, pleaded guilty to public intoxication and using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.

Dublin District Court heard the incident happened at Dublin Airport on January 6.

Garda Sergeant Paul Keane told the court the accused went to the departures area in the airport at 3.15pm and failed to check in on time for a flight to Barcelona.

He then went to the Ryanair check-in desk and became verbally abusive to staff, who called airport police.

Smashed

When the airport police arrived, he continued to be abusive to them and was uncooperative.

As they were dealing with him, Cowman, who was intoxicated at the time, smashed his own mobile phone by throwing it down a flight of stairs.

He was arrested and charged, Sgt Keane added.

The garda said the accused had no previous convictions but had been given the benefit of an adult caution previously.

Cowman had had mental health difficulties since his teens and was "not coping" on the day, his solicitor Michael Kelleher said.

His mother had travelled with him from Wexford to support him in court.

Judge Smyth said if the accused made a donation to the Peter McVerry Trust he would apply the Probation of Offenders Act.

He adjourned the case to a date in October for the payment to be made. In default of this payment being made, the judge said, Cowman would be convicted and fined €200.

The accused was remanded on continuing bail.