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Drunk teen raised fists at gardai

A TEENAGER who raised his fists in a threatening manner and told gardai "get the f**k away from me or else" was confused after he was attacked by a gang of youths, a court heard.

James Murphy (18) had a burst eye following the assault and needed six stitches.

A judge said he would give Murphy a chance and he struck out the matters.

The defendant, with an address at St Ronan's Drive in Clondalkin, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to public drunkenness and threatening and abusive behaviour. The incident took place at Rowlagh Avenue in Clondalkin on July 31 last.

The defence lawyer said Murphy was heading home from a 21st birthday party when he was set upon by a group of youths who burst his eye.

He was very drunk and confused when he saw the gardai.

Judge William Early said he believed Murphy's confusion may have been related to the amount of alcohol he consumed. The judge struck out the matters.