Monday 18 February 2019

Drunken man refused to stop shouting abuse at passers-by

Thomas Dunne. Photo: INM
Thomas Dunne. Photo: INM

Gardai were forced to arrest a drunken man who refused to stop shouting abuse at passers-by.

Thomas Dunne (35) was repeatedly told to stop what he was doing and leave the area, but he failed to do so.

He later told gardai: "I'm very sorry for what I did."

Judge Dermot Dempsey convicted Dunne and fined him €100.

The defendant, of East Wall Road, Dublin 1, admitted before Swords District Court to public drunkenness and threatening and abusive behaviour.

The breach of the peace took place at River Valley Road, Swords, at around 11.30pm last September 24.

Sgt Bob Kavanagh said Dunne was verbally abusive to pedestrians.


The sergeant added that Dunne was asked by gardai to stop what he was doing and leave the area but he refused and continued to shout abuse at members of the public.

The court heard that Dunne, who is unemployed and on social welfare, had 30 previous convictions, including six for public order matters.

Defence lawyer Patrick Jackson said his client was very sorry for his behaviour and wished to apologise to gardai.

Mr Jackson said Dunne has had battles with alcohol and drugs, but he was now stabilised on methadone and was linking in well with the support services.

The lawyer said the defendant's last conviction for a public order offence was in 2008, so there had been a large gap in his offending behaviour.

He also said Dunne had "underlying issues" and his past was "reasonably tragic", adding that he had not wished to upset anyone with his behaviour.

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