Sunday 18 March 2018

Reveller dad in hotel bar told garda to 'ask your mother'

Brian Lawrence received a one-year suspended sentence
Brian Lawrence received a one-year suspended sentence

Andrew Phelan

A rowdy drinker at a Dublin hotel bar who was told to give his name to a garda, replied: "ask your mother".

Brian Lawrence (23) was at a friends' reunion party when he made the remark to officers called to deal with complaints that they were too loud.

The incident happened at a Clarion hotel in west Dublin.

Judge David McHugh gave him a two-month suspended sentence when he pleaded guilty to public order offences at Blanchardstown District Court.

Lawrence, a father-of-one with an address at St Finian's Grove, Lucan pleaded guilty to failing to provide gardai with a correct name and address, threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour, and public intoxication.

The court heard the offences happened at the Clarion Hotel, Liffey Valley, Clondalkin on July 19 last.


Gardai were called to the hotel and were told by security that a group of males were loud and shouting while they were drinking in the bar.

They had refused to stop when asked. The gardai approached the group and were verbally abused by them.

The officers asked Lawrence for his name.

"Ask your mother," he replied.

He was arrested at the scene.

The court heard he had previous convictions.

"He wants to deal with matters today," Lawrence's lawyer told Judge McHugh. "He is apologetic for what happened."

The court heard it had been a "reunion of friends" and the defendant had a lot to drink.

He was married and had one child, his lawyer continued.

Lawrence is currently unemployed, but is looking for a job and trying to get his life back on track, his lawyer said.

"It would appear that he doesn't have a previous conviction for this type of thing," Judge McHugh said.

The defendant's lawyer asked the judge to be as lenient as he could in the circumstances.

The sentence was suspended for one year.


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