Friday 15 November 2019

Job search turns to disaster as man arrested for drunkenly waving a mallet in airport row

Dublin Airport: File picture
Dublin Airport: File picture
Andrew Phelan

Andrew Phelan

A JOB-SEEKER whose journey to find work turned to "disaster" was arrested for drunkenly waving a mallet outside Dublin Airport.

Sean McCafferty (23) and a friend had travelled from Northern Ireland looking for a job when their car broke down and they abandoned it at the airport.

Gardai found McCafferty, a tradesman, waving the mallet while arguing as he waited for a bus back home.

McCafferty, of Mornington Gardens, Lisburn, Co Down, pleaded guilty to using threatening, insulting and abusive behaviour to cause a breach of the peace. He also admitted public intoxication.

Judge John Coughlan left him without convictions, saying he was a "sucker for a sad story".

Gda Sgt Niall Murphy told Dublin District Court that the accused was found arguing with another man at the airport at 10.30pm on September 15.

McCafferty was waving a mallet aggressively.

"He was quite intoxicated at the time," said Sgt Murphy.

The accused, who had been unemployed for some time, heard there was work in Galway and drove south with a friend.


On the way, the car broke down and he abandoned it at the airport.

He had had "a bit of a drink problem" since he became unemployed, his lawyer said.

The mallet was one of his work tools.

To avoid conviction, the accused initially offered to pay €50 that he had "in his pocket", but Judge Coughlan told him: "This is not a cheap court."

After he was arrested, McCafferty had left his bag behind, along with his phone and his wallet, his lawyer said.

"It's turned into a bit of a disaster," he added.

Judge Coughlan decided to apply the Probation Act without a charity donation being required.

"I'm a sucker for a sad story," the judge said. "I must be getting soft."

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