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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Man who threw bottle at patrol car was 'affected by brother's death'

Blanchardstown Garda Station
Blanchardstown Garda Station

A YOUNG man who saw his teenage brother die four years ago has battled problems with alcohol and non-prescription medication, a court heard.

Michael McDonagh (22) was arrested after he drunkenly fell over himself, smashing a bottle of cider he was carrying and injuring himself.

He then threw a second bottle of cider at a patrol car.

Judge David McHugh ordered the defendant to complete 200 hours community service in lieu of five months in prison.

The defendant, of St Mary's Park, Dunsink Lane in Finglas, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to public drunkenness and threatening and abusive behaviour.

Sergeant Mary Doherty said gardai were called to St Mary's Park following reports of a drunken male.

Sgt Doherty said McDonagh was shouting. He was taken into his home but left out the back door, carrying two bottles of cider.

Sgt Doherty said McDonagh drunkenly fell over, smashing one of the bottles and causing injury to himself, before throwing the second bottle at the patrol car.

Defence solicitor Fiona Brennan said the defendant witnessed the death of his younger brother when he was aged 18 and this had a profound affect on him.

Ms Brennan also said the defendant has had problems with alcohol and non-prescription medication and his family have been very concerned about him.

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