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Tuesday 16 October 2018

'Foolish fight' with brother-in-law on St Stephen's Day

A St Stephen's Day reveller who got into a
A St Stephen's Day reveller who got into a "foolish fight" with his brother-in-law has been jailed. (stock photo)

A St Stephen's Day reveller who got into a "foolish fight" with his brother-in-law has been jailed.

Patrick O'Leary (39) was drunk and covered in blood when gardai arrived at St Philomena's Court, Ballycool- in, Blanchardstown District Court was told.

Judge David McHugh sentenced him to two months in prison, saying his "time was up" and a jail sentence was "well and truly des-erved".

O'Leary, of Belgree Drive, Tyrrelstown, admitted public drunkenness and threatening and abusive behaviour.

Gda Sgt Maria Callaghan said gardai were called to St Philomena's Court at 1.30am.

She said O'Leary was covered in blood and was fighting with family members.

She said he became very irate towards gardai and refused to co-operate with them.

He also refused to leave the scene.

Reckless

Sgt Callaghan said O'Leary then started throwing punches in a reckless manner at his brother-in-law in the presence of gardai.

The court was told that O'Leary had 35 previous convictions, mostly for road traffic matters.

Defence solicitor John O'Doherty said the scuffle took place in the early hours of the morning after a family party on St Stephen's Day.

Mr O'Doherty said O'Leary had been drinking and got into a "foolish fight" with his brother-in-law.

The court heard that it was a family argument that had got out of hand.

The pair had since reconciled.

Mr O'Doherty said O'Leary was married with four young children.

He asked the judge not to send O'Leary to jail, saying he knew his behaviour was out of order.

He said his client had held his hands up at an early stage.

Judge McHugh refused to suspend any part of the jail sentence.

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