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Drunk bus passenger grabbed lady's bag and spat in her face

A YOUNG man who grabbed a lady's bag and spat in her face onboard a Dublin Bus was so drunk that he hardly remembers the incident, a court heard.

Tony Marshall (20) apologised for his behaviour, admitting it was completely and totally out of order.

Judge Anthony Halpin adjourned the matter for six months to see if Marshall can stay out of trouble.

The defendant, of Cappagh Road in Finglas, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to charges of public drunkenness, threatening and abusive behaviour and refusing to pay a bus fare.

The incident took place at Liam Mellowes Road in Finglas on April 15 last.

Garda Sergeant Mary Doherty said gardai were called by Dublin Bus following reports of a drunken male who was refusing to pay a fare of €2.20.

Sgt Doherty said Marshall was very drunk and was abusive to the bus driver and gardai.

The sergeant said Marshall also grabbed a lady's bag and spat in her face. She was not injured in the incident.

Judge Halpin said the defendant's behaviour was "disgraceful".

The court heard that Marshall had 14 previous convictions, and was currently completing a community service order of 240 hours.

The defence lawyer said Marshall went out for a few drinks and got completely drunk. She said he hardly remembers the incident but accepts his behaviour was totally out of order.

The court heard that Marshall is a new father of a three-month-old daughter. He is currently unemployed and hopes to start a fitness course.

Judge Halpin adjourned the matter for six months to a date in December to allow Marshall to complete the existing community service order.

The judge said the defendant is to stay out of trouble, and he will consider imposing a further community services order on that date.