Pub-goer fined after spitting at door staff
A MAN who spat at door staff at a Dublin pub when he was refused entry has been fined for public order offences.
John Summers (51) had been out drinking before the incident at the bar and had no recollection of what happened prior to his arrest, Dublin District Court heard.
Judge Michael Walsh convicted him and fined him €200.
Summers, with an address at Talavera House, Baldoyle, pleaded guilty to public intoxication and using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour to cause a breach of the peace.
The offences happened in Dame Lane in the city centre last June 14.
Gardai were called to an incident outside a pub at 3.10am, the court heard.
The accused was in an intoxicated state and was refused entry to the licensed premises, a garda said.
Summers was seen spitting in the direction of door staff before he was arrested.
The court heard he had a previous conviction for a public order offence in 2011.
Summers was a separated man and had had an alcohol problem over the past number of years, his solicitor Michael Kelleher said.
He was addressing that problem, he told the court.
"He is trying to rebuild matters and is doing that on a number of fronts," Mr Kelleher added.
The accused was "genuinely worried and upset" about the court proceedings.
Judge Walsh fined him for the breach of the peace charge.