A MAN who laughed at gardai while he urinated on a cell mattress and blanket after he was arrested for public order offences has paid compensation for the damage, Swords District Court has heard.
Anthony Lambe (44) has been convicted and fined €200 for failing to comply with garda directions on the night he was arrested after he refused to leave a bar which was closed.
He was also arrested for being intoxicated.
Lambe, of Kelly's Bay Parks in Skerries, pleaded guilty to the public order offences which happened on February 22.
He further pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage at Swords Garda Station on the same night.
Sergeant Bob Kavanagh told the court that Lambe was arrested on Sunday, February 22 in Skerries after gardai received a call from the owner of Keane's Bus Bar on Strand Street.
The owner of the bar told gardai that Lambe had refused to leave the premises when he was asked to do so after the bar had closed. Lambe was extremely intoxicated, the court heard.
"The bar door was shut and the defendant continued banging on it," said Sgt Kavanagh.
"He was given four warnings by gardai to leave the area and failed to do so." Lambe was arrested and brought to Swords Garda Station.
"He then urinated on the cell mattress and blanket and was laughing at gardai as he did so," Sgt Kavanagh said.
Lambe's solicitor said the defendant has a long-term problem with alcohol and had expressed a sincere apology.
"He had a fight with his girlfriend on the night in question and has little memory of what happened," the solicitor said.
"He failed to keep his drinking under control and is sorry for what he has done," the solicitor added.
Judge Dermot Dempsey convicted and fined him €200 for the offence of failing to comply with garda direction and the compensation for the damaged mattress and blanket was handed over to the gardai.