Wednesday 13 December 2017

Drunk dad hurled abuse at shop staff and customers in change row

Andrew Phelan

A FATHER-of-two arrested for hurling abuse at shop staff had got into a dispute over change.

Ivan Dixon (46) was on a "rare night out" when the incident happened in a city centre convenience store.

Judge Michael Walsh adjourned the case and said he would leave the accused without a criminal record if he paid €200 to charity.

Dixon, of Balinderry, Enfield, Co Meath, pleaded guilty to public intoxication and threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.

Dublin District Court heard the incident happened at Londis on Grafton Street on October 17.

Gardai were called after Dixon became verbally abusive to staff and customers.

He was "clearly intoxicated and very angry", a garda said. Dixon had no previous convictions of any kind.


He had been on a "rare night out" with friends he only sees once a year, his solicitor Stephen O'Mahony said.

He had been drinking from earlier in the evening and the incident happened in the early hours of the morning.

"There was a dispute over change and rather than deal with it in the proper fashion, he became very irate," Mr O'Mahony said.

Judge Walsh excused Mr Dixon from attending on the next date after Mr O'Mahony said the accused was a self-employed tradesman.

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