Drunken man spent Christmas Day in cell
A young man who got into a drunken row with his girlfriend ended up spending Christmas Day in a cell in a garda station.
Daniel Markiewicz (23) struck his head on the cell wall and smeared his blood all over it.
Judge David McHugh ordered Markiewicz to donate €100 to Blanchards-town Hospice and struck out the charge.
The defendant, of Anfield Lawn, Dublin 15, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to threatening and abusive behaviour and criminal damage.
Sgt Maria Callaghan said gardai received a call about a man and a woman fighting at Diswellstown Road.
Officers separated the two, and Markiewicz, who was very drunk, became verbally abusive.
The defendant was taken to Blanchardstown Garda Station where he purposely struck his head on a cell wall, smearing his blood over it.
Defence solicitor John O'Doherty said Markiewicz, who works in a bakery, had been spending Christmas Day with his then girlfriend and her family.
The pair got into an argument at home and ran out and continued the row on the street.