Street row father could avoid prison over threatening sons and accusing them of damaging home
A father was arrested after he got into a row in the street with his sons, threatening them and accusing them of causing damage to his apartment.
Eamon Craig (43) had drunk alcohol at the time but did not have a drink problem, his defence said.
Judge Bernadette Owens said he could avoid a prison sentence if he is found to be suitable to carry out community service.
She adjourned the case for a community service suitability report.
Craig, of Bridgefoot Street, Dublin 8, pleaded guilty to threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.
Dublin District Court heard the incident happened at Smithfield Square last June 12.
It was during the afternoon and the accused was fighting with his two sons.
He was acting in an aggressive manner and was threatening to the other parties involved, a garda sergeant said.
Craig had 66 previous convictions for public order, motoring and other offences. He was previously given a prison sentence for public order offences.
Craig had got into a row with his sons, who he claimed had caused damage to his apartment, said his solicitor Eoin Lysaght.
"He had drink taken on the day and shouldn't have got involved in a row in public," he added.
Craig should have gone as soon as the gardai told him to, said the solicitor.
The accused was in receipt of social welfare.
He did not have a drink problem but "on occasion drinks too much".
There was no evidence that Craig's sons had caused any damage.