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Accused wore shirt 'Made to be Laid' to City Court

A YOUNG man who appeared in court wearing a hoodie with the slogan 'Made To Be Laid' on the front was told that his attire was inappropriate for a courtroom.

Judge James McDonnell told Alan Harte (23) that clothing with slogans was more appropriate for a pub or football match. The judge told Tallaght District Court that such clothing "distracted" him and there was a risk it would also "irritate" him.

Harte's solicitor, Michael Hennessy, denied his client was treating the court as a joke, saying the accused would not have a lot of money to spend on clothes.



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Harte, with an address at Kilcarrig Green, Tallaght, was before the court charged with public drunkenness and threatening and abusive behaviour.

The alleged incident took place at Tallaght Hospital on December 13, 2009.

Judge McDonnell said that an accused person wanted the judge to be in his "best humour" when he appeared before him, particularly if the case was up for hearing, and such clothing "distracted" him and also risked "irritating" him.

The judge asked Mr Hennessy if his client was treating the court as a joke.

Mr Hennessy denied this and he promised to clarify the judge's comments to his client.

Harte denied the public order charges, and the case was set down for hearing in March.

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