Drunken mourner violent and hostile to gardai after funeral

Aaron Broderick had been ‘very, very drunk’, the court heard

Andrew Phelan

A funeral-goer who became violent toward gardai was "particularly hostile" to the officers, a court has heard.

Aaron Broderick (27) was arrested for hurling abuse at the officers outside a pub after a family funeral.

Judge Michael Walsh fined him €300.

Broderick, a father-of-two, from Clogher Road, Crumlin, pleaded guilty to threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour and violent behaviour in a garda station.

A garda sergeant told Dublin District Court the incident happened at 9.30pm last February 23. Gardai were called to the Kestrel pub in Walkinstown, where the accused was refusing to leave.

The gardai told Broderick that he was not welcome at the premises and told him he had to leave.

He became threatening and abusive and continued to be violent when taken to the garda station, the court heard.


Broderick had two young children, his lawyer said.

There was a family funeral on the day and the accused became "very, very drunk".

He was asked to leave and did not.

"He was very abusive to the gardai and continued with this escapade right down to the garda station," Judge Walsh said.

What happened was not in Broderick's nature and it had never happened before, the court was told.

His lawyer asked Judge Walsh to consider leaving him without criminal convictions.

He could come up with a contribution to charity, he said.

The judge said he had to take the accused's conduct into account and the fact he had been "particularly hostile" to gardai.

Judge Walsh said he had come across many cases where people "settle down" after they were arrested.