Monday 24 October 2016

Gardai use batons to break up family brawl in hotel bar

Published 29/01/2016 | 07:54

Radisson SAS
Radisson SAS

GARDAI had to use batons to bring a brawl under control in a hotel bar, a court heard.

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The incident happened during a family gathering when a row “escalated”.

John Lawrence (20) admitted public order charges arising from the incident.

The accused, of Foxborough Court, Lucan, pleaded guilty to public drunkenness and causing a breach of the peace.

Dublin District Court heard around 30 people were gathered at the bar area of the Radisson SAS, Dublin Airport, at 11.30pm on August 21 last year when the incident happened.

A fight broke out and a large number of gardai went to the scene.

The accused was seen striking a number of people and smashing glasses.

He had been out with his family at a large gathering, his solicitor Richard Young said.

“They are supposed to be happy nights,” Judge Cormac Dunne said.

“Matters escalated and he is sorry for his actions,” Mr Young replied.

Separately, the accused also admitted unlawful possession of a knife at Fonthill Road on August 2, 2014.

Judge Dunne imposed a €400 fine on that charge and took the public order counts into consideration.

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