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Dad jailed for abusing gardai after dance floor fracas

A REVELLER who verbally abused gardai in a pub car park has claimed he was angry and disorientated after he was knocked unconscious following a dance floor altercation.

Keith Warren (25) claimed he was the innocent victim in a fracas on a dance floor and he was knocked to the ground.

He claimed he was knocked out during the assault, and he became very angry when he returned to consciousness.

The defendant, of Rivermeade Drive, St Margaret's, admitted before Swords District Court to charges of public drunkenness and threatening and abusive behaviour.

The incident took place at the Old Boro Pub, Main Street in Swords on April 21 last.

Garda Eamonn Oakes said he was called to the pub around 2am following reports of a man who was refusing to leave the area. He said Warren became abusive to gardai and was drunk at the time.

The garda said Warren has since apologised to him.

The court heard the defendant has seven previous convictions, mostly for public order matters.

Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said the defendant, a father of one, was socialising in the pub when there was an incident on the dance floor.

The court heard that gardai were investigating the incident and awaiting CCTV footage.

Ms D'Arcy said Warren realises the way he reacted was wrong. She asked the judge not to send Warren to jail, saying he will lose his job.

Judge Dermot Dempsey said the courts had given Warren ample opportunities and it seemed everyone else was to blame for his behaviour.

He fined Warren €200 and imposed a two-month jail term.