Thursday 20 October 2016

Man started violent row with French tourists in fast food restaurant

Andrew Phelan

Published 09/12/2015 | 11:26

James Kelly was mourning the death of a cousin
James Kelly was mourning the death of a cousin

A young man who started a violent row with French tourists in a fried chicken outlet had drunk too much at a family funeral, a court heard.

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James Kelly (20) was mourning the death of a cousin when he instigated the row in a city centre KFC.

Judge Michael Walsh fined him €200 for a public order offence.

Kelly pleaded guilty to threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour, causing a breach of the peace.

Dublin District Court heard the incident happened at Kentucky Fried Chicken, West- moreland Street, last June 7.

A garda sergeant said Kelly went to the restaurant with another person and, while there, got into an altercation with three French tourists.

It was unprovoked and was instigated by Kelly and the other man.

Kelly became violent towards the tourists, but they were uninjured and there were no assault charges.


Kelly, of Twomey Park, Mountmellick, Co Laois, had come to Dublin the day before for the funeral of a cousin who had died in tragic circumstances, his solicitor Donal Quigley said.

He had too much to drink and behaved in a manner he should not have.

It "shouldn't have happened," said Mr Quigley.

Judge Walsh said Kelly did not seem to have learned from his prior convictions.

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