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Dad sleeping in hotel lobby abused gardai

A FATHER-of-one who hurled abuse at gardai after falling asleep in a hotel lobby insisted he had been concussed after falling and hitting his head.

Patrick McKee (31) roared that he "didn't care" about anyone in the hotel after being roused from sleeping on a couch.

He maintained he had fallen and hit his head because his leg was weak after being in a cast for months following an accident.

McKee, of Greenfort Crescent, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to causing a breach of the peace at the Springfield Hotel, Leixlip Road, Lucan, on December 8, 2012. Garda Kieran Cullen told Blanchardstown District Court that he was called to the hotel at 8.15am and found the accused asleep on a couch in the lobby.

On being woken, the accused became very aggressive and said: "F*** you, garda, I don't give a s**t. F*** everyone in the hotel, I don't care."

CONVICTIONS

He was arrested and taken to Lucan Garda Station.

The court heard McKee had 67 previous convictions for offences including trespass and burglary. McKee's solicitor, Fiona D'Arcy, said he had fallen down a flight of stairs some months earlier and fractured his leg and damaged ligaments.

On the morning of the incident, unemployed McKee had walked a long distance and his leg went from underneath him, Ms D'Arcy explained.

He was knocked unconscious and, when he woke up, he was disorientated. He did not remember what he said.

Judge David McHugh said he would give the accused the benefit of the doubt and fined him €200.

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