Monday 18 December 2017

Drunk dad tried to pull driver from taxi after he lost job

John Lynch
John Lynch

Eimear Cotter

A FATHER-of-four who tried to pull a taxi driver from his vehicle had just lost his job, a court heard.

John Lynch (32) was drinking heavily at the time and doesn't remember the incident.

A court heard he was sprayed twice with pepper spray and gardai used their batons to restrain him so he could be arrested.

Judge David McHugh applied the probation act.

The defendant, of Barrack Lane in Finglas, admitted before Blanchardstown court to public drunkenness and resisting arrest at McKee Avenue in Finglas on July 20 last.

Garda Ciaran Geraghty said he went to the scene after gardai, who were watching CCTV at Finglas Garda Station, saw Lynch try to pull a taxi driver from his vehicle.

The garda said Lynch had blood on his hands and his T-shirt was torn. He was aggressive towards gardai, tried to assault them, and had to be pepper sprayed and restrained with batons before he could be arrested.

The court heard Lynch has never been in trouble before.

Defence solicitor Fiona Brennan said Lynch was deeply apologetic for his behaviour.

She said the defendant had been drinking heavily and has no recollection of his behaviour.

The solicitor also said Lynch lost his job shortly before this incident.

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