SCOTTISH comedian Kevin Bridges has avoided a conviction arising out of a drunken row with his brother while touring in Ireland last year.
Mr Bridges, of Sydenham Road, Dowanhill, Glasgow, was accused of causing criminal damage to a car and being intoxicated in a public place at Kenmare Place, Killarney.
But the charges were withdrawn, with consent of the State, by Judge James O'Connor at Killarney District Court yesterday.
There was no appearance in court by the comedian, who was represented by solicitor Peter Malone. The matter was disposed of in two minutes at the court sitting.
The offence occurred following a drunken row in the tourist town last December, where Mr Bridges had performed his sell-out show 'The Story Continues' at the INEC.
Previously, his solicitor apologised to the people of Killarney for his behaviour.
The funnyman, who is one of the UK's most popular comedians, was arrested and brought to Killarney garda station where he was charged at 4.15am.
He admitted to gardai he was "very drunk" at the time, had acted aggressively and had been involved in an argument with his brother.
He told gardai: "I was very drunk and I was in a compassionate argument with my brother and I can only apologise to the people of Killarney."
Mr Bridges also wanted to apologise to Liam Spring, the owner of a car that was damaged in the row, and offered to pay for the damage caused.
"I never intended to cause damage. I would like to apologise to the man in person and cover the cost," he told gardai.
Judge O'Connor noted at the previous court sitting that the approach taken by Mr Bridges was a "plea in effect".