Man refused to leave scene after street fight
A MAN who refused to leave an area following an altercation with another man has been convicted and fined at Balbriggan District Court.
Scott Ennis (38) was found standing over the man, who was lying on the ground, and was directed to leave the scene several times by gardai.
When he refused to do so, he was arrested.
The court heard the defendant then became aggressive and argumentative and continued in this manner when he was brought to the garda station.
Ennis, of Millhill Park in Skerries, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with garda directions on February 27 at Thomas Hand Street in Skerries.
He further pleaded guilty to using threatening and abusive behaviour on the same night.
Judge Dermot Dempsey convicted and fined him €100 after hearing the facts of the case.
Sergeant Tony Tighe said Ennis was earlier involved in a physical altercation with the other man.
When gardai arrived at the scene at around 8.30pm, Ennis was found standing over the man, who was on the ground.
"He refused to leave the area and became aggressive and argumentative towards gardai," said Sgt Tighe.
Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said the defendant has a history of anxiety and depression and is taking medication.
At the time of the offence he went off his medication, Ms D'Arcy told the court and assured the judge such an incident won't happen again.
Ms D'Arcy said the defendant would not be a suitable candidate for community service work as he is required to take medication on a regular basis.
This, she said, would deem him medically unfit.
The court heard that Ennis has four previous convictions dating back to 2000 for theft and burglary.
Judge Dempsey imposed the conviction and fine for failing to comply with garda direction.
He took the offence of using threatening and abusive behaviour into account.