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FINED: Martin Burke was found stumbling in front of traffic in two separate incidents

FINED: Martin Burke was found stumbling in front of traffic in two separate incidents

FINED: Martin Burke was found stumbling in front of traffic in two separate incidents

A GRANDFATHER had to be arrested for his own safety when he was twice caught wandering drunk "all over the public highway".

Martin Burke was found stumbling in front of traffic in two separate incidents, Blanchardstown District Court heard.

Judge David McHugh convicted him and fined him €200.

Burke (44), with addresses at South Circular Road and Wheatfield Avenue, Clondalkin pleaded guilty to public intoxication and giving gardai a false name and address at Emmet Road, Inchicore on last June 27. He also admitted a second count of being drunk in public at Collinstown Road, Clondalkin on October 21.

STUMBLING

The court heard in the first incident, gardai saw Burke intoxicated in the street at 4.50pm.

He was walking in the middle of the road, stumbling. He gave incorrect details when asked and the garda helped him back to the footpath, where he was arrested for his own safety.

In the second incident at 9.50pm, he was seen stepping out off the pavement and into the path of oncoming traffic. He was again arrested for his own safety.

Burke had 24 previous convictions for public order and other offences.

He has three grown-up children as well as grandchildren, his solicitor Terence Hanahoe said.

He had had a drug problem and when he gave drugs up he substituted them with alcohol.

aphelan@herald.ie


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