Men were 'butting chests' in city traffic

Andrew Phelan

A FATHER-of-two called a garda a "Belfast f***" after he was stopped from "butting chests" with another man in a row.

The court heard gardai were on patrol in Dublin city centre during rush hour when they heard roaring. They found Patrick Brazil (39) and another man standing at the junction of Aston Quay and Westmoreland Street.

They were "squaring up to each other, butting chests", the court heard. Brazil was quite irate and gardai told him to calm down, as there were a lot of people in the area.

He continued swearing, however.

"At one point, he called me a Belfast f***," Garda Christopher Jones said.


Defence solicitor Declan Fahy said it was a "shouting match" between two men and there was no evidence of anybody else getting involved.

Brazil - described as "excitable and loud" by his own solicitor - was found guilty of public order offences at Dublin District Court.

Judge Ann Ryan left him without convictions after he apologised to the garda.

Brazil, of Drumalee Road, Dublin 7, had pleaded not guilty to using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour and failing to obey garda directions during the incident at 5.27pm on January 19.