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'Brave' drunk got aggressive with gardai

A YOUNG man who was drunk and became aggressive towards gardai when he was ordered to leave an area has been convicted and fined after he failed to make a charitable donation.

Garrett Tormey (21) was drunk and continued to be aggressive when gardai tried to break up a scuffle between several males at a Swords retail park.

Tormey, of Ballywaltrim Heights, Bray, had pleaded guilty at Swords District Court to being intoxicated at Airside Retail Park in Swordslast September 27.

He further pleaded guilty to using threatening and abusive behaviour at the same place on the same date.

Gda Simon Gerrard said the defendant and several other males were involved in a scuffle on the night.

"He had a lot of drink taken," added Gda Gerrard. Tormey has no previous convictions.

Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said that when the fight broke out Tormey should have gone home. She said Tormey went to Swords Garda Station the following day and made an apology to gardai.

On hearing that the defendant was aggressive to gardai, Judge Dermot Dempsey remarked "he was brave when all his buddies were around".

Judge Dempsey had ordered that Tormey bring €300 as a charitable contribution, but as he failed to do so he was convicted and fined €400.