Sunday 17 December 2017

Addict who grabbed salt shaker from restaurant and threw it down street is jailed

Andrew Phelan

A MAN grabbed a salt shaker from a restaurant table and threw it down a city centre street where it shattered, narrowly missing a group of women.

A court heard that James McArdle (24) also began hurling abuse at gardai when they caught him injecting himself in a doorway.

Judge Patricia McNamara jailed him for four months.

McArdle, of no fixed address at the time of the two incidents, admitted breach of the peace and public intoxication.

Dublin District Court heard plain clothes gardai were on patrol at South William Street last March 31 when they saw McArdle acting suspiciously.

They kept him under observation and saw him pick up a salt shaker from an outdoor restaurant table.

He threw it down the street and it smashed to pieces on the ground, narrowly missing the women.

Tourists

On May 4, gardai were on patrol at Bedford Lane when they saw the accused injecting himself with a needle in a doorway.

He was told to stop and became verbally abusive to gardai as tourists passed by. He was unsteady on his feet and was intoxicated at the time and gardai arrested him.

McArdle was in custody on remand on other charges when he appeared in court.

He was single, had no children and lived at home with his mother on Blessington Street in the inner city, his solicitor Eoin Lysaght said.

He had been homeless and addicted to drugs but was now off drugs and welcome back in the family home.

He was also suffering from arthritis.

McArdle wished to apologise, Mr Lysaght said. He also apologised in court.

"He realises he is going to get a sentence today, and I would ask you to be as lenient as possible," Mr Lysaght said.

The judge gave the defendant two consecutive two-month sentences.

"Thanks very much, judge, I appreciate that," McArdle said.

Herald

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