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Monday 22 October 2018

Drunk is fined €300 for public family row

The judge threw out McDonagh’s claim which meant the six other claims collapsed with it and were dismissed
The judge threw out McDonagh’s claim which meant the six other claims collapsed with it and were dismissed

A drunk man became aggressive towards gardai who were called to a row between family members, a court heard.

Judge Cormac Dunne fined Keith Hammond €300 for his behaviour when the argument got out of hand.

Hammond, of Bath Road, Balbriggan, pleaded guilty to public drunkenness and threatening and abusive behaviour when he appeared before Swords District Court.

Gda Oisin Finnegan described how he was called to Ashfield Rise, Balbriggan, shortly before 8.30am last January 28.

Shouting

Gda Finnegan said Hammond (22) was shouting at a number of other men and became aggressive towards officers when he was told to leave the area.

The court heard Hamm-ond had 13 previous convictions.

Defence lawyer Deirdre Flannery said the incident was "an argument that got out of hand".

"Drink was involved," she added.

The court was told Hammond had worked as a labourer but had lost his job and was now homeless.

Fining him, Judge Dunne warned that with his his- tory, he was building himself up to a jail sentence.

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