Thursday 23 January 2020

Drunken soccer referee was 'foaming at the mouth' when cursing gardai

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Eimear Cotter

Eimear Cotter

A soccer referee began foaming at the mouth when he told gardai to “f*** off” and “you f***ers are coming up to an innocent man”, a court heard.

Kenneth Boylan (30) had far too much to drink when celebrating a combined birthday and Christmas party.

Judge Dermot Dempsey ordered him to complete 240 hours of community service in lieu of two months in prison.

The defendant, of Edenmore Grove, Coolock, was previously found guilty before Swords District Court of public drunkenness, threatening and abusive behaviour and refusing to give his name and address to gardai.

The incident took place at Main Street, Swords, on January 13 last year.

Sgt Bob Kavanagh said gardai went to Lower Main Street following reports that a man in a suit and duffel coat was acting aggressively.

Sgt Kavanagh said gardai approached Boylan, who was drunk. He was also foaming at the mouth and swinging his arms around.

The sergeant said gardai asked the defendant for his name, but Boylan said: “What the f*** are you asking me that for?” He also told gardai that “you f***ers are coming up to an innocent man”.

Sgt Kavanagh said Boylan told gardai to “f*** off” on more than one occasion before he was arrested.

A defence lawyer said Boylan was celebrating a joint Christmas and birthday party and had far too much to drink.

He said Boylan was an FAI referee and was heavily involved in voluntary work.

He is also a student of architectural and technical design.

The lawyer said Boylan was very sorry for his behaviour, had apologised to gardai and was willing to write a formal letter of apology to them.

The court heard the defendant has a number of previous convictions, but was last in trouble in 2004.

Judge Dempsey refused to leave Boylan without a conviction and ordered him to complete the period of community service.


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