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Darren Heraty (24) was bet Aus$200 (€160) as a dare to kick politician John Elferink during a press conference.

Darren Heraty (24) was bet Aus$200 (€160) as a dare to kick politician John Elferink during a press conference.

Darren Heraty (24) was bet Aus$200 (€160) as a dare to kick politician John Elferink during a press conference.

AN Irishman who was captured on live TV kicking a politician in the rear was yesterday convicted and fined almost €1,800 at a court in Australia.

Darren Heraty (24) was bet Aus$200 (€160) as a dare to kick politician John Elferink during a press conference.

Mr Elferink was giving a speech on tougher laws on alcohol-fuelled violence at a function in Darwin last month when Heraty approached him.

Mr Elferink, a former policeman who has since become the Northern Territory's attorney-general, attempted to carry out a citizen's arrest but after a struggle Mr Heraty managed to break free.

He later handed himself into police.

Yesterday at Darwin Magistrates Court, Mr Heraty was found guilty of aggravated assault and escaping lawful custody.

The court heard that he was drinking with friends at a nearby bar on August 5 when he saw the press conference, which took place during the Northern Territory elections, being set up across the road. He then assaulted Mr Elferink.

Mr Heraty, who said he was sorry for the "stupid, drunken prank", was fined Aus$2,200 (€1,800).

Magistrate Greg Cavanagh said the high number of Irish people coming before court for drunk misbehaviour was getting to be beyond a joke.

Irish Independent