Tuesday 21 January 2020

Drunk was hit by 'Big Mac-itis', jokes judge

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A judge has asked if a public order incident in a Dublin branch of McDonald's was a case of "Big Mac-itis".

Judge John Lindsay made the remark in the case of Kevin Doyle (46), who was arrested for hurling abuse at staff in McDonald's.

The judge said he would strike the case out, leaving the accused without convictions, if Doyle pays €200 to charity.

Doyle, of Creston Avenue, St Margaret's Road, Finglas, pleaded guilty to public drunkenness and causing a breach of the peace in the incident.


Dublin District Court heard gardai found Doyle being restrained by staff at McDonald's on O'Connell Street Lower at 1am on November 23 last year.

He was asked to leave and became aggressive, striking out and threatening staff while gardai were speaking to them.

He was "clearly intoxicated", the court heard.

"What's all this about?" Judge Lindsay asked. "Big Mac-itis?"

Doyle had been at a funeral, had one or two drinks and ended up in McDonald's later, his lawyer said.

He apologised for his behaviour and was prepared to pay whatever the court thought appropriate to avoid convictions.

Judge Lindsay adjourned the case to a date next month and told the defendant to make a €200 donation to the Capuchin Day Centre.

He said he would strike the charges out if this was done. In default, he said he would convict and fine the accused.

Doyle was remanded on continuing bail.

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