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Drunk, topless plumber hurled abuse at gardai

A TRAINEE plumber who was drunk and topless as he tried to get into a dance concert at Dublin's O2 Arena became violent when gardai tried to move him on, a court heard.

James Sullivan (25) hurled "incoherent abuse" at officers when they approached him as he was refused entry to the performance by Swedish DJ Avicii.

Sullivan, of Cherrywood Lawn, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to public intoxication and causing a breach of the peace on June 3.

A judge told him he could avoid a jail sentence if suitable for community service.

Garda Jason Walsh told the court he was on duty at the O2 arena at 10.55pm. He saw the defendant in an intoxicated state with his top off, being refused entry to the concert.

When asked to leave the area, he became aggressive and violent to Garda Walsh and was arrested and taken to Store Street Station.


The defendant had 16 previous convictions for offences including two breaches of the peace and three counts of public drunkenness.

On one occasion, he had been given a two-month suspended sentence.

"The abuse and aggressive behaviour described was borne out of drunkenness", defence barrister Brian Storan said.

Garda Walsh confirmed that it had been incoherent abuse and that the accused had calmed down at the garda station.

Sullivan was apologetic for what happened and had not come to the attention of gardai since.

The court heard the defendant had completed most of a plumbing apprenticeship, but was let go in 2009.

He was now on a course and about to finish the apprenticeship.

Judge Blake adjourned the case to December 10 for a community service report, recommending 100 hours instead of a two-month sentence if the defendant is found suitable.