Wednesday 18 October 2017

'Pugilistic' dad behaved 'abominably' when he stripped and challenged gardai to fight

Martin Stokes 'had no issues with drink', said his barrister (Justin Farrelly)
Martin Stokes 'had no issues with drink', said his barrister (Justin Farrelly)

Andrew Phelan

A father-of-six stripped to the waist and challenged gardai to a fight outside his home, a court heard.

Martin Stokes (48) was fined €100 for a public order offence.

Blanchardstown District Court heard the incident happened last December 8 after a family row at 12.30am.

Stokes, of Old Tower Crescent, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to public intoxication and using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour to cause a breach of the peace at Old Tower Crescent.

Sgt Mary Doherty told the court gardai arrived at the scene to find Stokes on the street.

He had no top on and challenged them to a fight, she said.

The gardai restrained and arrested him and took him to Ronanstown Garda Station.

Stokes had no issues with drink, but the court "might take a different view", his barrister Ciaran Mac Loughlin said.

Judge David McHugh said Stokes appeared to have been "pugilistic".

Angry

Mr Mac Loughlin said the accused had a "familial altercation" that had since been resolved.

Stokes was married and his children were aged from 14 to 28.

"He was angry and upset," he said.

"He was torso-bare," Judge McHugh replied.

Mr Mac Loughlin accepted that his client had behaved "abominably".

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