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Teenager started dispute in court

SENTENCED TO SIX MONTHS IN PRISON

Published 23/10/2012 | 15:08

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A 19-YEAR-OLD man who caused an altercation in the court while waiting for his case to be called was sentenced to a total of six months in prison.

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The man, who was warned by Judge Dermot Dempsey ' to keep his squabbles outside the court', was charged with being drunk in public and using threatening and abusive language and behaviour. Before Mark Rafferty, Boroimhe Oaks, Swords had his case called at Swords District Court, he got into a dispute with another defendant at the back of the court room. Mr Rafferty was arrested and brought to Blanchardstown Garda station where he was charged with using threatening and abusive language and behaviour in the court. On his return later that morning to Swords District Court, he immediately pleaded guilty to this offence and to another count of using threatening and abusive language and behaviour and to being drunk in public. Garda James Verner told the court that when he was called to a public order incident in Swords on March 17, he found the defendant in a drunk state and making threats. At Main Street, Swords on March 12, Garda Amanda King said that she called to a situation where Mr Rafferty and two others were refusing to get off a bus for not paying their fares. The defendant was 'extremely aggressive and verbally abusive' to Garda King as she removed him from the bus. Fiona D'Arcy, solicitor for Mr Rafferty said that her client wished to apologise for his outburst in the court which had disrupted the proceedings for a number of minutes. Her client had ' history' with another man and when he saw him in the court room, he ' lost his temper'. Judge Dempsey refused Ms D'Arcy's request that the charges be dealt with either by way of a Probation report or community service. The Judge stated the defendant, who has prior convictions for public order offences, had 'got his opportunity'.

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