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Tuesday 24 April 2018

Drunk row soldier can stay in army

A YOUNG soldier who was restrained and arrested over his "deplorable" behaviour outside a Dublin club has heard he will not be discharged from the army despite being convicted.

Caomhin Loughran (24) was fined a total of €350 for public order offences in the drink-fuelled episode.

Judge Catherine Murphy imposed the fine and conviction at Dublin District Court after hearing Loughran's Commanding Officer had indicated he would not be discharged as a result.

The accused and an army friend, Simon Walsh (26), had both admitted the charges after they got into a row with club bouncers, then became threatening and abusive to gardai.

Father-of-one Loughran had already avoided convictions for four previous similar incidents, while Walsh of Monastery Road, Enniskerry, had never been in trouble and had his case adjourned until December.

Judge Murphy said their "ignorant" manners were not what she would expect from members of the Irish Army.

Loughran, of Kylemore Road, Ballyfermot, pleaded guilty to breach of the peace, Garda obstruction, failing to obey gardai and refusing to give his name and address.

 

REPORT

The case had been heard previously and was back before the court for a Restorative Justice Programme report.

Previously, Gda Mark Eccles said he was on patrol on Harcourt Street at 2.55am on May 24 when he saw the accused in a row with bouncers outside D2 nightclub.

Both accused were "extremely threatening and abusive", refused to give their names and addresses and leave the area when told. Both men were eventually put to the ground and restrained before being arrested and brought to Pearse Street Garda Station. When charged, Loughran replied: "F*** off, go f*** yourself".

Defence barrister Emmet Nolan said Loughran had been on a "work night out for a considerable period of time" and both had "far too much alcohol."

They were ejected from the nightclub and remonstrated with door staff for readmittance.

Their reaction was "totally unacceptable" and they conducted themselves in a "disgraceful and deplorable manner", Mr Nolan added.

Judge Murphy commented: "This was a deplorable example of ignorant manners I would not expect from members of the Irish army". She added that they both should be "ashamed of themselves".

aphelan@herald.ie

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