Sunday 17 December 2017

Fitness instructor threw Pot Noodle at security staff

Eimear Cotter

A FITNESS instructor threw a boiling hot Pot Noodle at security guards following an argument in a convenience store, a court heard.

Christopher Morgan (28) was taking sleeping tablets and was "not in a good place" at the time of the incident.

He accepted that his behaviour was atrocious.

Judge David McHugh imposed a two-month sentence but suspended it for 12 months.

The defendant admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to threatening and abusive behaviour.

The breach of the peace took place at SuperValu, Main Street, in Finglas, shortly before 8pm on March 25 last.

Garda Carla Creegan said Morgan threw a Pot Noodle with hot water at security staff and left the shop.

When he was charged with the offence, Gda Creegan said Morgan responded by saying "that's perfect".

Defence lawyer Ciaran MacLoughlin claimed the Pot Noodle was thrown "more in the direction of rather than at" the security guards.


However, Gda Creegan disagreed with this assertion, telling the court that the Pot Noodle struck the security guards.

The court heard that Morgan, with an address at Captains Road in Crumlin, has 13 previous convictions, most recently for road traffic matters in 2010.

Mr MacLoughlin said that father-of-one Morgan had a disagreement in the shop and completely over-reacted.

He said the defendant, a qualified fitness instructor, was on sleeping tablets when the incident happened.

He said Morgan was "not in a good place at the time" after he lost his job.

The lawyer also said Morgan hasn't been in trouble for six years and has been living healthily and contributing to society during that time.

Imposing a suspended sentence, Judge McHugh said there could have been considerable repercussions if the boiling water had hit the security guards in the face.

The judge warned Morgan that he could find himself "in serious trouble in future if he doesn't learn to curb his anger".

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