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Engineer drunkenly waved screwdriver

AN ENGINEER caught drunkenly waving a screwdriver in the air on a Dublin city centre street has been told make a charity donation to avoid a conviction.

Andrei Mandachi (28) had been drinking with friends before the incident.

Judge Hugh O'Donnell adjourned the case at Dublin District Court for payment of €150 by the accused to charity.

Mandachi, with an address at Dublin International Youth Hostel, Mountjoy Street, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a screwdriver. The incident happened at Sycamore Street on December 27 last.

The court heard the defendant was intoxicated when he pushed a bin out into the street and began waving the screwdriver.

Mandachi had told gardai he was an engineer and that he had the screwdriver for work, his solicitor Daniel Hanahoe said.


"There were no screws in the bin that needed tightening were there?" Judge O'Donnell said.

The accused had come to Ireland in September last year and had worked as a technician in a mobile phone company, Mr Hanahoe said.

Mr Hanahoe pointed out the time of year the offence happened, but added that what happened "wasn't excusable".