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Thursday 31 July 2014

Man banned from every city pub for six months

By Andrew Phelan

Published 23/05/2014|10:11

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Judge Alan Mitchell

A MAN arrested for hurling drunken abuse at staff in a shop has been banned from every pub and off-licence in Dublin for six months.

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David Kelly (32) was given the exclusion order at Dublin District Court after a judge was told he was arrested over his behaviour after he had been out drinking on the anniversary of his father’s death.

As well as the ban, Judge Alan Mitchell fined Kelly €250 when he admitted public order offences arising from the incident near his home in the north of the city.

Kelly, with an address at Carton Drive, Poppintree, pleaded guilty to being drunk in public and using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour to cause a breach of the peace.

The incident happened at Poppintree Parade on March 10 last. He also admitted one related count of failing to give gardai his name and address at Finglas garda station on the same date.

The court heard gardai were called to a public order disturbance at a Centra store, where the defendant was being abusive to security staff.

Kelly was highly intoxicated and was told to leave the area. He then became aggressive towards gardai and was arrested and taken to Finglas station, where he refused to give his name and address.

The defendant had a history of depression and on the morning of the incident his doctor had changed his prescription medication, his solicitor Noelle Kenny said.

It was the first anniversary of his father’s death and Kelly went out drinking with his uncle. He did not recall anything about the incident but suffered a gash to his head.

The accused was now primary carer for his mother, who had a serious illness.

Judge Mitchell fined him €150 for failing to give his details and €100 for breach of the peace. He then imposed the exclusion order, saying it applied to all licensed premises in the Dublin metropolitan district, including off-licences.

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