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Wednesday 17 October 2018

Drunken dad verbally abused gardai after row with girlfriend

Dean Byrne had 53 previous convictions, the court heard
Dean Byrne had 53 previous convictions, the court heard

A drunk pub-goer shouted abuse at gardai in frustration after he had an argument with his partner, a court has heard.

Dean Byrne (36) had not been drinking for a while after he broke his leg and the alcohol "went straight to his head".

Judge Dermot Dempsey ordered Byrne to complete 240 hours of community service, in lieu of two months in prison.

The defendant, of Cappagh Road, Finglas, admitted before Swords District Court to public drunkenness and threatening and abusive behaviour.

Garda Nicky McBride said that he was called to O'Shea's Pub in Balbriggan shortly after midnight on July 28 last year.

Garda McBride said Byrne was very drunk and extremely abusive and threatening towards officers.

The court heard that the defendant had 53 previous convictions, but had not been in trouble for public order matters since 2012.

Unacceptable

Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said that Byrne attended the Garda station the following day and apologised for his behaviour, which he knew was completely unacceptable.

He had also apologised to those working in the pub.

Ms D'Arcy said that Byrne was a father of two young children, including a three-month-old baby.

She said the incident had taken place prior to the baby's birth, when Byrne was struggling financially.

Byrne had gone out after an argument with his partner. He had not been drinking for a period and the drink had gone "straight to his head".

Ms D'Arcy asked the judge to be lenient, saying Byrne had not been in trouble for public order matters since 2012.

Ms D'Arcy added that Byrne, who was unemployed, had only recently started walking again after suffering the leg break.

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