Gardai used pepper spray to arrest brothers involved in drunken assault
GARDAI had to use pepper spray when two brothers involved in a drunken street row resisted arrest.
Rafal (32) and Kamil Gaj (29) had an "enormous amount to drink" before the incident in Dublin city centre.
The brothers, both of Cruagh Court, Stepaside pleaded guilty to causing a breach of the peace and garda obstruction.
Judge Michael Coughlan said he would strike the charges out if they each paid €300 to charity.
The court heard officers were on patrol on George's Street at 8.20pm on February 7 last when they came across the defendants in an argument with another man.
They separated the three and Rafal Gaj made several attempts to get past the gardai at the other man.
He said "f*** you" and swung his hands at the garda.
As Rafal Gaj resisted arrest, Kamil came behind the garda in an attempt to get him off his brother.
A tussle ensued and pepper spray was deployed.
Solictor Donal Quigley, for Rafal Gaj, said there was an "enormous amount of alcohol" consumed.
His client, a labourer, felt the other man had started the altercation and realised he should have walked away.
The court heard the accused did not realise the identities of the gardai at first. Kamil was a kicthen porter.