Saturday 23 February 2019

Man who told garda to 'f*** off' is fined

Balbriggan District Court
Balbriggan District Court

Nicola Donnelly

A man who was drinking in public and became aggressive towards gardai telling them to "F**k off" has been convicted and fined €100.

Michael Joyce (20) was drinking with his co-accused Michael McDonagh (20) at Hamlet Lane in Balbriggan.

Both men were intoxicated and when Garda Paul McGeogh asked them to leave the area, Joyce became aggressive and told him to 'f*** off' before running away.

Gda McGeogh said he was unable to catch Joyce on the night but arrested him later. He said when he was arrested the defendant was very apologetic.

His co-accused Michael McDonagh was trying to control his friend from behaving inappropriately but because he was intoxicated he too became aggressive, Balbriggan District Court heard.

Joyce of Brega Estate, Hamlet Lane in Balbriggan pleaded guilty to being intoxicated and using threatening and abusive behaviour at Hamlet Lane on June 7.

Joyce has eight previous convictions.

McDonagh, of Belcamp Green in Coolock pleaded guilty to being intoxicated on the same date. An offence of using threatening and abusive behaviour was struck out.

He has one previous conviction.

Defence barrister Annette Kealy said Joyce, who is married with two children, cannot remember the incident but was only aware of it when he got the summons.

'He accepts it happened and is ashamed of himself,' said Ms Kealy.

'He is not drinking at all now and has come to terms with the fact that alcohol does not agree with him,' she said, adding that he works as a waiter in Temple Bar in Dublin city centre.

She said McDonagh was 'trying to be the responsible one on the night' but because of the alcohol he became aggressive towards gardai.

'He apologises and is ashamed,' she told Balbriggan District court.

Judge Dermot Dempsey convicted and fined Joyce €100 for using threatening and abusive behaviour and took the offence of being intoxicated into consideration.

He convicted and fined McDonagh €100 for being intoxicated in public.

Fingal Independent