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Medical scientist 'three sheets to wind' on street

Andrew Phelan

Published 24/09/2015 | 13:04

Cormac Walsh (36) had had too much to drink when he began acting aggressively toward officers, a court heard.
Cormac Walsh (36) had had too much to drink when he began acting aggressively toward officers, a court heard.

A MEDICAL scientist was "three sheets to the wind" when he was arrested for hurling drunken abuse at gardai outside a Dublin pub.

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Cormac Walsh (36) had had too much to drink when he began acting aggressively toward officers, a court heard.

Walsh, of Cherrywood Drive in Clondalkin, admitted to public intoxication, breach of the peace and failing to give gardai his address at O'Shea's Pub, Merchant's Quay on March 14.

He was found not guilty of illegal possession of two multi-tools found during a search.

He had denied unlawfully having the Leatherman "skeletool" and "squirt" devices.

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Judge Patricia McNamara dismissed these charges, accepting he was a "multi-tool enthusiast" and had them for DIY.

She adjourned the public order case for a Restorative Justice Programme report.

Garda Michael Martin told Dublin District Court he arrived at the scene at 12.10am and found Walsh acting in an "aggressive, drunken manner" and unsteady on his feet.

Gda Martin brought him to Kevin Street Garda Station where gardai found the foldable multi-tools on him. One was on his keyring and the other was in his jacket pocket.

"He became further abusive and told me to f*** off," Gda Martin said, maintaining that both items were "razor sharp".

Defence barrister Elizabeth Davey said Walsh had met his sister that evening and put together the base of a TV for her. He had a reasonable excuse for having the knife, she said.

The defendant said he had gone for drinks after assembling his sister's TV base.

He met his sister while socialising and she returned one of the multi-tools.

Judge McNamara dismissed the weapons charges.

Ms Davey said Walsh had apologised for his behaviour.

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