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Wednesday 13 December 2017

'Idle' teen fined €500 for racist outburst

THIS is the teenager who shouted racial abuse at a security guard at a GAA pitch, calling the man a "P*** rat".

Shane Spellman (18) was screaming abuse when gardai arrived, and refused to go home when told to by officers.

He apologised for his behaviour, saying his memory of the incident was "hazy".

Judge James McDonnell told Spellman his behaviour was "nasty racism", said he would not tolerate it and fined him €500.

He also described Spellman as "bone idle lazy", after he heard that he had finished school after his Junior Certificate, and had not worked since.

Spellman, of Kilmartin Drive in Tallaght, admitted before Tallaght District Court to threatening and abusive behaviour, failing to follow the directions of a garda and providing officers with a false name.

The incident took place at St Mark's GAA grounds, Tallaght, at around 6pm on March 5 last.

Garda Sergeant Bernard Jones said gardai were called following reports that a group of youths were drinking behind a block of apartments.

Sgt Jones said Spellman was directed to leave, but failed to do so and became abusive to gardai and the security guard.

Defence lawyer Cathal O'Braonain said Spellman was with a couple of friends celebrating an 18th birthday. He acknowledged that Spellman's abusive behaviour was "about as bad as you can get".

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