Sunday 26 January 2020

Reveller in drink-fuelled brawl 'trying to help pal' after Christening party

Dylan O'Rourke
Dylan O'Rourke
Andrew Phelan

Andrew Phelan

A reveller who got into a drink-fuelled street fight after a Christening party had only a hazy recollection of events, a court heard.

Dylan O'Rourke (21) was arrested for his part in the brawl, during which a bottle was thrown.

Judge Michael Walsh fined him €100 after he admitted a public order offence.

O'Rourke, of Vincent Street Flats in Dublin's south inner city, pleaded guilty to threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.

Dublin District Court heard the incident happened on Grafton Street at around 5am on March 2.

Sgt Gail Smith said officers saw two men involved in "some sort of physical altercation".

The glass bottle thrown during the melee did not hit anybody.

O'Rourke continued misbehaving when gardai arrived and was arrested, Sgt Smith said.

His manner had been "quite apologetic" afterwards, his lawyer told the court.

"He was extremely apologetic bordering on embarrassed," Sgt Smith said.

The brawl broke out in the early hours of the morning when a lot of drink had been taken, O'Rourke's lawyer told the court.

He had been at his friend's child's Christening earlier and "consumed more alcohol than he should have".

O'Rourke had a "somewhat blurred" recollection of the events that unfolded.

However, he was aware that his behaviour was unacceptable.

He insisted that he had been trying to defend a friend.

The accused's lawyer asked Judge Walsh to be as lenient as possible.

Fining him, the judge accepted that the defendant was "on this occasion contrite".

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