THIS is the young man who hit another man and knocked him to the ground in front of gardai -- after he claimed he assaulted him in a takeaway.
Andrew Burke (27) said he did not get out that often, and he wanted to forget about the night. A judge fined the father-of-one €200.
The defendant, of Willow Green, Primrose Gate in Celbridge, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to public drunkenness and threatening and abusive behaviour.
The incident took place at Main Street, Leixlip on August 30. Garda Sergeant Damien Galligan said gardai were on mobile patrol when they saw Burke shouting at a group of men, saying he was going to get them.
Sgt Galligan said that while gardai were talking to the group, Burke came up, punched one of the men and knocked him to the ground.
The attack took place right in front of gardai.
The court heard the defendant had three previous convictions, all for public order matters.
Defence solicitor Valerie Buckley said Burke was attacked in a takeaway as he made his way home following a rare night out.
Ms Buckley said he was upset and he followed the individual who assaulted him.
The court heard that Burke had one child and was currently out of work.
He had not lodged a complaint with gardai over his assault as he wanted to forget about the matter.