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Sunday 26 January 2020

Topless man made 'fool of himself' in drink-fuelled row

Patrick Cawley said he had no recollection of incident. Photo: Justin Farrelly
Patrick Cawley said he had no recollection of incident. Photo: Justin Farrelly

A shirtless man found acting aggressively outside a nightclub in a drink-fuelled disturbance made a "complete and utter fool of himself", a judge said.

Patrick Cawley (21) was arrested for "putting a fight up" during what a court heard was an "extreme form of public disorder" in west Dublin.

Judge David McHugh convicted and fined him €200.

Cawley, of Kishoge Lane, Lucan, pleaded guilty to threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.

He also admitted failing to follow garda directions and providing a false and misleading name and address.

Sgt Maria Callaghan told Blanchardstown District Court the incident happened at Naas Road, Clondalkin, last Dec- ember 16.

Gardai were called to a disturbance near the Red Cow hotel.

The accused was at the scene, removed the clothing from the top half of his body and was acting in a "highly aggressive and volatile" manner.

Antagonise

He refused to desist when dir- ected by gardai and continued to shout and antagonise other people present.

When arrested at 3.15am, he gave gardai a different name and address. He was taken to Clondalkin Garda Station and his correct identity was established.

"Based on that, he made a complete and utter fool of himself in relation to the night in question on the Naas Road," Judge McHugh said, and asked defence barrister Jennifer Jackson what had happened.

Cawley had been drinking "a lot" in a nightclub and had "no recollection of the events whatsoever", Ms Jackson said.

"It's a very extreme form of public disorder, removing his shirt and putting up a fight to everyone," Judge McHugh said.

Cawley did not normally drink, he was "deeply ashamed" and had learned a valuable lesson, Ms Jackson said.

Her client had €200 in court to donate to charity if the judge would consider leaving him without a conviction, Ms Jackson said.

Judge McHugh refused to do this, saying the incident was "at the top end of public disorder, such is its extreme nature".

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