A dad of three who was upset after splitting from his partner did not remember being verbally abusive toward a garda when he tried to help him, a court has heard.
Sean Kennedy (31) drunkenly told the garda to "f*ck off" and asked "who are ye".
Judge Dermot Dempsey convicted and fined Kennedy €100 for the offence.
The defendant, with an address at Swords Manor Crescent in Swords, admitted public drunkenness and threatening and abusive behaviour. Garda Mark Corrigan told Swords District Court that he came across Kennedy on the R132 Lissenhall around 4.30am on May 24.
Gda Corrigan said Kennedy was lying on the footpath.
He was unable to stand up and when the garda tried to help him, the defendant became verbally abusive.
Gda Corrigan said Kennedy told him "f*ck off" and "who are ye", the court heard.
Kennedy apologised the following day for his behaviour, Gda Corrigan said.
The court heard that Kennedy had 11 previous convictions. Defence lawyer Annette Kealy said Kennedy had relationship problems at the time of this offence, and he felt that life was getting on top of him.
Ms Kealy said Kennedy, a father of three, had split from his partner and was on medication for depression.
He had gone out with a friend and had had too much to drink.
Kennedy did not remember being abusive to the garda, but his friend had told him about his behaviour and he had immediately apologised.