Saturday 22 October 2016

Dad celebrating Father's Day had to be restrained by gardai after getting into drunken fight outside bar

Published 25/04/2016 | 13:05

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A DAD-OF-TWO was arrested after he got into a drunken street brawl while out celebrating Father's Day, a court heard.

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Darren O'Brien (40) had to be restrained by gardai when they found him fighting with another man outside a pub.

He had denied public order offences, claiming the other man started the fight and he was defending himself when officers arrived to break it up.

Judge Ann Ryan found O'Brien guilty and fined him €200 at Dublin District Court.

O'Brien, a community worker, of Whitebrook Park, Tallaght, was convicted of using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour to cause a breach of the peace as well as public intoxication.

Gda Stephen Gillespie told the court he was called to the incident outside the Metro Bar at Old Blessington Road, Tallaght, last June 22 at 1.25am.

He saw a group of men standing in the middle of the road, two of whom were fighting.

The accused was being restrained by another man and a pub worker.

The part of the road they were standing in was a bus lane and the accused was highly intoxicated.


The court heard gardai had to pepper-spray the second man who was involved.

An officer accepted that although the other man was stockier and it "didn't look like a fair fight", the accused "was well able to stand up for himself".

O'Brien said he had been drinking with friends to celebrate Father's Day. One friend had an altercation with two other men and all four were put outside by staff.

O'Brien said he was walking away when a man grabbed him by the shoulder, spun him around and swung at him twice.

He grabbed hold of the man and they both went to the ground.

The man hit him, he hit him back and the gardai came along and pulled them apart.

O'Brien's lawyer argued that the other man had been "much more violent", had started the row and his client had no choice but to react.

The judge said the evidence of the gardai was that he was being restrained when they arrived and he still resisted.

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