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Monday 21 May 2018

Drunk 'lost it' and told gardai to 'f**k off, it's a free state'

Anthony Malone had alcohol issues but is now off the drink
Anthony Malone had alcohol issues but is now off the drink

A man "lost it" and told gardai to "f**k off, it's a free state" after they gave him "a friendly word of advice" to stay away from his ex-girlfriend.

Anthony Malone (61) told gardai to "mind your own business, I can do what I like".

He had been drinking and was on medication and now realises the two do not mix, his lawyer said.

Judge Anne Watkin ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to a date in May.

The defendant, of Nutgrove Court, Rathfarnham, admitted before Dun Laoghaire District Court to public drunkenness and threatening and abusive behaviour in the car park of the Blue Light pub in Sandyford on December 2, 2016.

A garda witness said Malone was living over the pub at the time of the incident.

Gardai had approached him to give him a friendly word of advice to stay away from his ex. They also handed him the groceries he had left in her home earlier that day.

Convictions

The court heard Malone told gardai to "f**k off, it's a free state" and they were to mind their own business.

Gardai said they had "no option" but to arrest him.

The court heard the defendant had four previous convictions, all for road traffic matters.

Defence lawyer Kim Moloney said Malone suffered from bipolar disorder, and there were also issues with alcohol.

She said that at the time of the incident Malone was mentally unwell.

He had been admitted to hospital in September 2016 and was readmitted in December 2016.

Ms Moloney said Malone was now alcohol-free, was seeing a doctor and taking his medication.

She added that the defendant realises that "alcohol and medication do not mix", was feeling much better now and had "come a long way" since the incident.

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