A BARE-chested man struck out at his brother during a drunken scuffle in front of gardai, a court heard.
Ned Connors (30) hit his brother on the side of his head and knocked him to the ground after he ran from gardai.
Judge Bridget Reilly sentenced Connors to seven months in prison, but suspended the last four months.
The defendant, of Kilbogget Grove in Cabinteely, admitted before Dun Laoghaire District Court to charges of public drunkenness and threatening and abusive behaviour.
He also admitted two counts of theft at service stations in Cabinteely on March 1.
Garda Thomas Wallace was called to Kilbogget Grove shortly after midnight on July 26 last year, where Connors was in a scuffle with a number of men.
He was bare-chested and unsteady on his feet.
The garda said Connors was separated from the men but he ran from gardai and struck his brother on the side of the head.
Garda Sergeant Peadar McCann said Connors entered Esso on the N1 in Cabinteely around 7.30pm on March 1 and walked out with groceries valued at €10 under his jacket.
He then walked across the road to the Eglington Service Station and stole a carton of milk.
Defence solicitor Ronnie Lynam said Connors, a father of three, had had a heroin problem but was now drug-free.
Unfortunately, he now has a drink problem.