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Friday 17 November 2017

Man caught injecting drugs into his groin in car park

(Stock picture)
(Stock picture)

A man caught injecting drugs into his groin in broad daylight on a city centre street refused to stop when confronted by gardai.

Liam Dunne (28) was arrested for the incident in a shop car park, as well as another episode in which he hurled abuse at hospital emergency room staff.

Dublin District Court heard he had since turned his life around, was working as a lab- ourer and aimed to become a personal trainer.

Dunne, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to public order offences.

Judge Bryan Smyth fined him €300.

On February 23 last year, gardai on patrol at 2.25pm saw Dunne in a doorway of the Brown Thomas car park, which was a fire escape.

He was injecting drugs into his groin and failed to stop when confronted by gardai.

The court heard he was charged with offensive behaviour, but no drugs offence.

Begging

On August 1 last year, Dunne was seen begging aggressively on O'Connell Bridge at 9.45am. He had a cup in his hand and was approaching passers-by, blocking their paths.

Gardai were called to the Mater Hospital's emergency department on August 11 last year. Dunne was acting in a threatening and abusive manner to staff and refused to leave the hospital when officers told him to. He was arrested.

The court heard there was no alcohol or drugs involved that the gardai could tell, but he was in a state of "delirium".

The accused had past add- iction issues and fell under the "detrimental influence of other people", said his barrister, Joe Mulrean.

However, he completed a residential treatment programme last year and was now clean of all substances and back living at home with his family.

"His offending comes from the addiction, which he has now rid himself of," Mr Mulrean said. "He is now a contributing member of society and hopes to put this chapter of his life behind him."

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