Saturday 22 September 2018

Drunken trainee soccer coach told gardai to 'f**k off'

Karl Byrne (36) was drunk and abusive to gardai at Christmas
Karl Byrne (36) was drunk and abusive to gardai at Christmas

A trainee football coach drunkenly told gardai to "f*ck off" during an incident outside his home in the early hours of Christmas Day, a court heard.

Karl Byrne (36) begged a judge to leave him without a conviction, saying he is hoping to receive his FAI football coaching badges and a conviction would impact on his ability to work with young players.

The court heard that Byrne's older brother is a former professional footballer, who once played for Celtic FC in Scotland, and he is now a coach.

The defendant also hopes to join his brother as a professional coach, said his lawyer.

Judge David McHugh ordered Byrne to donate €50 to Blanchardstown Hospice and adjourned the matter to May to allow him to bring details of his FAI coaching courses to court.

The defendant, with an address at St Ronan's Park in Clondalkin, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to public drunkenness and threatening and abusive behaviour.

The incident took place near his home in Clondalkin in the early hours of December 25 last year.


Garda Ciaran Davis said he was called to St Ronan's Park in Clondalkin around 1.20am on Christmas Day following reports of a domestic disturbance.

Gda Davis said there was a man outside the house, who was aggressive and very drunk.

Gda Davis said that when he spoke to Byrne, he told officers to "f**k off".

The defendant was arrested and taken to Ronanstown Garda Station. The court heard that Byrne has 36 previous convictions, but he hasn't been in trouble for a number of years.

Defence lawyer Jennifer Jackson said Byrne wished to apologise for his behaviour, which arose following an incident in the family home between him and his father.

Ms Jackson said the defendant, who is unemployed and on social welfare, hasn't come to garda attention since this incident.

Judge McHugh adjourned the matter to May for finalisation, where he wishes to see confirmation that Byrne has been accepted on the FAI coaching course.

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