Saturday 24 March 2018

Drunken guest hurled stereo system out of hotel window

A HOTEL guest threw his room's stereo system, kettle and phone out of the window on to a Dublin city centre street while in an "intoxicated state", a court heard.

In another episode, Andrew Stammers (29) drove his BMW the wrong way around a roundabout before seeking refuge in a garda station, claiming he was in "fear for his safety".

In a third incident, gardai found a kitchen knife in his car when it ran out of petrol and stopped in the city centre.

The father-of-two, who is a recovering drug addict, was given a three-month suspended sentence when he admitted offences arising from the incidents.

Stammers, of Shancastle Crescent, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to charges of criminal damage, dangerous driving and possession of a weapon.

Dublin District Court heard that at 4.45am on January 4, gardai were called to the Morrison Hotel by staff after Stammers threw the stereo, kettle and phone on to the street, causing damage worth €200.

Stammers was arrested and paid compensation to the hotel.

On January 29, gardai were called to the south city where Stammers' BMW had run out of petrol, but when they searched the car, they found a kitchen knife with a four-inch blade.

On September 20, 2011, Stammers was driving in Blanchardstown Road at 9.30am when he went through a set of red pedestrian lights and drove the wrong way around a roundabout before clipping another car.

He drove through the shopping centre before getting to Blanchardstown Garda Station, where he admitted the offence.

"He feared for his safety and sought refuge in the garda station," his solicitor said.

The court heard Stammers had 12 previous convictions for drugs, weapons and other offences.

His solicitor said Stammers had begun taking heroin at the age of 16 -- the "start of all his problems" -- but had now started a treatment course and was clean of all drugs.

Judge Aingeal Ni Chonduin fined Stammers €300 for dangerous driving and banned him from driving for two years.

She imposed concurrent four and one-month sentences, suspended for a year for possessing a weapon and a count of failing to appear in court.

The judge struck out the criminal damage charge because the compensation had already been paid.


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