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Judge Sean MacBride made his remarks after hearing public order charges against a Kinsealy man. The hearing followed a series of similar cases during a sitting of Swords Court last week.Christian Carroll, 7 The Heights, Melrose Park, Kinsealy, pleaded guilty to being drunk in

Judge Sean MacBride made his remarks after hearing public order charges against a Kinsealy man.

The hearing followed a series of similar cases during a sitting of Swords Court last week.

Christian Carroll, 7 The Heights, Melrose Park, Kinsealy, pleaded guilty to being drunk in public, breaching the peace and failing to comply with the directions of a garda.

The offences took place on Main Street at 11.50pm on February 1 last. Gardaí were called to the scene of a fight outside the Slaughtered Lamb on the night.

The defendant had been put outside the pub and gardai asked him to leave the area.

The defendant told gardaí that he was waiting for a friend to bring his jacket out for him.

He then became very abusive towards them and when he saw his friend being arrested, he ran towards the garda waving his hands in an aggressive manner.

When he was arrested, he tried to grab one of the gardai by the jacket and kept telling them to ‘fuck off’.

They subdued him and he later apologised. The defendant, who had no previous convictions sent a letter of apology to Garda Faughnan, as well as apologising in person.

The garda ws satisfied the apology was sincere.

The court heard the defendant was working as an apprentice electrician for Clontarf Electrical. He was currently in the third year of his apprenticeship.

While at school, he played football and was captain of the school team and local football club.

While in transition year, he carried out three months volunteer work with the Simon Community.

‘He simply had too much to drink and realises he should have moved off when the gardai asked him to,’ the defendant’s solicitor told the court.

Judge MacBride said that unless he saw a reduction in crimes of this type, he would be ‘coming down harder’ on public order offenders.



‘It seems to me that, despite the heavy penalties I am imposing, Swords is a no-go area on a Saturday night and Sunday morning,’ he said.


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