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Drunk deaf man spat at shopper and staff

A DEAF man who spat on staff and a customer at a Dublin supermarket because he was too drunk to be sold beer has been told by a judge that his disability was "no excuse".

Emmett Mullins (34) screamed and shouted on being told he was not being served, than spat in a security guard's face, as well as on another shopper.

Mullins, of St Peter's Road, Phibsboro, had pleaded not guilty to public intoxication and two counts of assault – on Michael Bowes and Vaidas Zelba at Dunnes Stores, South Great George's Street, on March 8.



Mr Zelba told Dublin District Court he was watching the CCTV cameras when he saw Mullins come in, "really drunk". He went to the off-licence and Mr Zelba radioed his colleague to say Mullins was not to be sold alcohol.

Mr Bowes said he went and spoke to Mullins and told him he could not be served. He said: "He didn't seem to understand me and started screaming and shouting and got really aggressive."

Judge Michael Walsh convicted him of assault and drunkenness charges, but dismissed a charge of breach of the peace. He adjourned both cases to June 17.