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Saturday 25 January 2020

Drunk stag party reveller arrested for his own safety at Dublin airport

Laurence Cummins was ‘having trouble walking’ at airport
Laurence Cummins was ‘having trouble walking’ at airport

A stag party reveller was so drunk when he got off a plane at Dublin Airport that he was arrested for his own safety.

Laurence Cummins (49), who was "having trouble walking" through the terminal after flying home from Poland, went on to give the investigating garda an incorrect address when he was questioned.

Judge Conal Gibbons fined him €300, saying it was un- acceptable to be that drunk in an airport, and it "behoves us all to behave ourselves" while there.

Cummins, an out-of-work tiler and father-of-two from Summerhill Parade, Dublin 1, pleaded guilty to public intoxication and failing to give gardai his correct address.

Gda Dylan Moloney told Dublin District Court he was called to Terminal 1 at 9.15pm last October 27.

It was reported that a man was intoxicated, and Gda Moloney met Cummins, who had a strong smell of intoxicating liquor on his breath.

"His speech was slurred and he was having trouble walking as well. He was off-balance," the garda said.

After arresting him, he demanded the accused's name and address. Cummins provided an old address he was no longer living at, the officer said.

Firearms

The accused had convictions going back to 1981, but the most recent was in 2010, for possession of firearms in suspicious circumstances.

Cummins had been on his way home from a stag party in Poland and "alcohol played a big part in these offences", defence solicitor Niamh Mc- Kernan said.

Cummins had a document with his old address on it.

He had consumed a lot of alcohol and "in his intoxicated state" handed the inaccurate ID to the garda.

He called Ballymun Garda Station the next day to apologise and try to rectify his mistake, Ms McKernan said.

Gda Moloney said Cummins had not been difficult or aggressive, "just very drunk", and was a danger "more so to himself than anything else".

The accused had €200 in court to offer to charity, but Judge Gibbons said he did not think this was appropriate.

The airport was a place with large numbers of people of all ages, and it was unacceptable to be drunk to that extent in that location, he added.

There was a public interest in maintaining "good order and decorum" in places such as airports, the judge said.

"It behoves us all to behave ourselves at the airport," he added.

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