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Drunken dad fell in front of cars and abused gardai

A DUBLIN man who drunkenly called gardai "w***ers and s***heads" believes his drink must have been spiked, a court heard.

Paul Gillen (33) recalls nothing about the public order incident in Finglas, or that he tried to kick out at gardai.

Judge Hugh O'Donnell convicted and fined Gillen €300.

Gillen, of Mayeston Green, Finglas, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to public drunkenness and threatening and abusive behaviour.

The incident took place at St Margaret's Road in Finglas around 9pm on August 10.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said gardai came across Gillen who was lying on the ground.

He was trying to get up, but was falling in front of vehicles.


Sgt Callaghan said gardai tried to help Gillen, who called them "w***ers" and "s***heads" in front of a group that had gathered.

The sergeant said Gillen tried to kick out at gardai and was aggressive towards them.

The court heard he has nine previous convictions, but hasn't been in trouble for over a decade.

Defence solicitor John O'Doherty said Gillen believes his drink must have been spiked as he remembers nothing about the incident.

Mr O'Doherty said Gillen, who has a partner and a child, has managed to stay out of trouble for a long time and he wanted to apologise for his behaviour.