Monday 23 July 2018

Man 'racially abused shop staff in row over sandwich'


Andrew Phelan

A MAN was arrested for racially abusing a shop worker in a row over the price of a sandwich, a court has heard.

Padraig Kieran (35) had "over-indulged" in alcohol and made "poor choices" when the situation escalated.

Judge Anthony Halpin fined him €99.

Kieran, of Dunbin, Knockbridge, Dundalk, pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour to cause a breach of the peace.

Dublin District Court heard the incident happened at Londis on Lower O'Connell Street on July 9.

At 11.15pm, gardai responded to a report of a disturbance and, when they arrived, they saw Kieran pointing his finger at two staff members.

He was shouting "you P**i" and other expletives, the court was told. He was arrested by the officers.

Judge Halpin said what the accused said was "not very nice".

Kieran regretted the comment, his solicitor Stephen O'Mahony said, adding that it was not part of his normal character.

The incident began with a "very innocuous dispute" over the price of a sandwich, Mr O'Mahony said.

"It escalated into a scene in which he lost his cool," he added.

The accused "did have some alcohol on board at the time", the lawyer said.

"It was a case of over-indulgence and poor choices," Mr O'Mahony added.

Kieran had suffered a number of serious injuries when he was knocked down by a motorcycle in an accident some years ago.

He is now on disability allowance.

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