Saturday 25 November 2017

'I still have the vinyls', judge tells metal fan arrested at Black Sabbath concert

Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath

Andrew Phelan

A heavy metal fan arrested for his drunken behaviour at a Black Sabbath concert has been spared a conviction by a judge who said he still has the band’s records.

Adam Kennedy (27) hurled abuse at gardai after 3Arena staff refused him entry to the gig for being too intoxicated.

Kennedy pleaded guilty to public drunkenness and using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour to cause a breach of the peace.

“I didn’t know that Black Sabbath were still playing,” Judge Anthony Halpin said of the Ozzy Osbourne-fronted group. “I still have the vinyls.”

He struck the charges out after Kennedy made a €100 donation to charity.

Dublin District Court heard gardai were on duty outside the 3Arena on Northwall Quay at 10pm on January 20. They spoke to staff, who told them that Kennedy was too intoxicated and was not being allowed entry to the premises.

The accused became verbally abusive to the gardai, who gave him several opportunities to leave the area.

He tried to hit one of the garda’s hands away and was arrested.

When told Black Sabbath had been playing, Judge Halpin said people “wouldn’t do that in my day”.

Edel Gilligan, defending, told the hearing that Kennedy, of Erkina Court, Rathdowney, Co Laois, has apologised profusely for his actions on the night of the concert.

He was so drunk he had no recollection of being at the event and he “got himself into” this position.

The court was told Kennedy was working part-time in plant hire and had previous convictions for motoring offences.

Ms Gilligan asked Judge Halpin to consider leaving him without criminal convictions.

Kennedy had €100 in court and was directed to give the money to charity.

Judge Halpin said that, under the circumstances, he thought it was appropriate to strike the case out.


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