Drinker breaks window in south Dublin pub after getting into row
A PUBGOER struck a window and smashed a pane of glass during an argument with other patrons, a court heard.
David Harvey (35) initially left the pub in south Dublin but returned a short while later and admitted he caused the damage.
Judge Hugh O'Donnell convicted and fined Harvey €200.
The defendant, with an address at Millfield, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow, admitted before Dun Laoghaire District Court to a charge of criminal damage.
The incident took place at the Bottle Tower Pub, Beaumont Road, Churchtown on February 24 last.
Garda Sergeant Peadar McCann said Harvey was drinking at the pub shortly after 5pm when there was a disagreement with a number of other pubgoers.
Sgt McCann said Harvey struck a window during the argument and broke a pane of glass.
He left, but returned a short while later and admitted causing the damage.
Sgt McCann said Harvey had consumed a lot of alcohol.
The court heard the defendant has seven previous convictions, but hasn't been in trouble for a while.
Defence solicitor Ronnie Lynam said Harvey, who is unemployed, has battled a drink problem for a number of years.
Mr Lynam said Harvey has been in residential treatment since May and is trying to turn his life around.
Mr Lynam also said that Harvey has a young daughter and he has a lot to look forward to as long as he remains sober.