A FRUIT and veg worker who scared a young girl after he turned up drunk at her front door has been ordered to complete community service to avoid going to jail.
Ivans Zinkevics (49) frightened the girl who started screaming for her mother.
A court heard he did not live at the house in Swords and had no connection to the girl or her family.
Judge Dermot Dempsey ordered Zinkevics to complete 240 hours community service in lieu of two months in prison.
The defendant, of Ashley Avenue in Swords, had admitted before Swords District Court to public order offences.
Garda Dongdong Zheng said Zinkevics started knocking at the front door of a house at Forest Court in Rivervalley shortly after 11pm on December 17, 2011.
Gda Zheng said the girl started screaming, and the defendant was told to go away as he did not live at the address.
She said Zinkevics was very drunk and was directed to leave the house. He walked away but was shouting and acting aggressively.
Gda Zheng said the defendant started pushing and kicking when he was arrested by gardai.
Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said Zinkevics is a married man with one child. He had a drink problem but is no longer drinking.
Ms D'Arcy said the defendant works for a fruit and vegetable company, is a key worker and is doing well.