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Thursday 24 January 2019

Hotel guest was arrested after hurling abuse at night porter

Paul Ward admitted threatening and insulting behaviour. Photo: Tony Gavin
Paul Ward admitted threatening and insulting behaviour. Photo: Tony Gavin

A hotel guest was arrested when he refused to leave the building after hurling abuse at a night porter.

Paul Ward (43) had "far too much to drink" when he caused a disturbance at the Ripley Court Hotel in Talbot Street, Dublin.

Ward, of Seafield Lawns, Avenue Road, Dundalk, pleaded guilty to threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.

He also admitted failing to follow garda directions.

Dublin District Court was told gardai were called to the hotel in the early hours of last October 26 after Ward and his wife had checked in.

Ward became abusive to the night porter and was annoying hotel residents.

The porter asked him to leave the hotel, a garda sergeant told the court, but he refused.

Gardai also advised him to leave, but again he refused.

Ashamed

Ward then tried to push past officers, the court heard.

Gardai left, but when they went back a short time later, Ward had returned to the scene.

He resisted arrest and had to be restrained and handcuffed.

Ward, who had six previous convictions, was deeply embarrassed and ashamed of his actions on the night of his arrest, his solicitor told the court.

He said his client had suffered a recent bereavement and had drunk far too much.

Ward apologised to the court and gardai for his behaviour.

What happened was an "aberration" for him and he was trying to get back on track, said his solicitor.

Judge Bryan Smyth noted that Ward had suffered a bereavement, but said this did not excuse his behaviour.

Judge Smyth fined Ward €400.

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