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Tuesday 14 August 2018

Man who drank too much was cursing in middle of the street

Cavan man Christopher Byrne was on day trip to Dublin
Cavan man Christopher Byrne was on day trip to Dublin

An out-of-work groundskeeper who threw a street sign on to the ground and used profane language during a disturbance had been in Dublin for the day and drank too much, a court has heard.

Christopher Byrne (28) was standing in the middle of a street in the city centre when gardai approached him.

Judge Bryan Smyth fined him €200 when he appeared before Dublin District Court.

Byrne, of Rahardrum Lane, Virginia, Co Cavan, pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive and insulting words or behaviour with intent to provoke a breach of the peace.

The court heard the incident happened on Middle Abbey Street in the north of the city last June 14.

Gardai went to the scene and saw a large number of people had gathered and the defendant was standing in the middle of the street.

Agitated

Byrne was "fairly agitated" and was using profane language, a garda witness told the court.

He was seen picking up a shop sign and throwing it on to the ground, causing the crowd to move away.

The officer agreed with def-ence solicitor Amanda Connolly that the accused had been apologetic afterwards.

He had previous convictions for offences including breach of the peace.

Byrne had suffered a bereavement in recent years, Ms Connolly said. At the time of the public order incident he was "up in Dublin for the day" and had too much to drink.

Byrne had worked as a groundskeeper but was now in receipt of social welfare and seeking work, the court heard.

The judge convicted him and gave him six months to pay the €200 fine.

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