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Stress at daughter's illness made me fight

A FATHER of one, who was fighting with a woman in the street, has said his daughter has an extremely rare heart condition and this has been emotionally and financially draining on him and his partner.

Stephen Gavin (24) said his daughter's condition was so rare that she was the only person in Ireland to suffer from it -- and he had been negotiating with the HSE to have his child covered by the medical card.

A judge said Gavin was extremely aggressive towards gardai, and he ordered him to complete 100 hours community service in lieu of two months in prison.



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Gavin, of Coolock Lane in Santry, admitted before Swords District Court to a number of public order matters, including public drunkenness, threatening and abusive behaviour and failing to follow the direction of a garda. He also admitted to violent behaviour in Swords Garda Station.

The incident took place on Main Street, Swords at 2.30am on September 19, 2009.

Garda Keith Delaney said he was on mobile patrol when he came across Gavin in an altercation with a woman.

Garda Delaney said Gavin was extremely drunk, and was told to go home, but he refused to desist in his behaviour. The court heard that the defendant was violent towards gardai, and continued to be aggressive back in the garda station.

Defence lawyer Brendan Foley said Gavin was a landscape gardener, but was out of work.

Mr Foley said Gavin's daughter suffered from a metabolic heart condition, where her heart cannot process fat.

He said this illness was not currently covered under the medical card scheme, and Gavin was negotiating with the HSE to have his daughter's medical expenses covered.

She is the only person in Ireland to suffer from this serious condition, and is in and out of Temple Street Children's Hospital on an almost daily basis.

Mr Foley said the stress, both emotionally and financially, had taken its toll on Gavin, and that was what led to his behaviour.

He has since apologised to the garda.

Judge Patrick Brady fined Gavin €500 and ordered him to complete 100 hours community service in lieu of two months in prison.

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