New Year reveller with shirt 'in tatters' hurled abuse at gardai
A New Year's reveller hurled abuse at gardai when they found him incoherent and his shirt "in tatters" in a hotel lobby the next morning, a court has heard.
Patrick Brady (38) was arrested after hotel staff reported a public order disturbance in the early hours of last January 1.
His defence said New Year's Day had been a "very emotional time" for the accused.
Judge David McHugh ordered him to carry out 180 hours of community service instead of two months in jail.
Brady, from Clonshaugh Close, Clonshaugh, Coolock, pleaded guilty to threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.
Blanchardstown District Court heard the incident happened at Kingswood Hotel Citywest, Naas Road, Clondalkin.
Sgt Geraldine McManigan said staff alerted gardai to a public order incident in the lobby at 4.20am.
Brady's shirt was in tatters and he was highly intoxicated, incoherent and abusive when gardai spoke to him.
He "verbally engaged" with the officers and was arrested.
Brady had previous convictions for public order and other offences.
He had engaged with the probation service and enrolled in a security training course, his lawyer said.
He was working as a painter and decorator and was "trying to turn his life around".
It had been a "very turbulent time" in his life and he had been on medication last year, she said.
Brady had been suffering from depression and anxiety.
"He shouldn't be drinking if that is the case," Judge McHugh said, adding that the accused had an "appalling record".
"It was a very emotional time, as the first of January is for many people," Brady's lawyer said.
"I'll take your word for it," the judge replied.