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Grandad turned to drink over child death

A GRANDFATHER who started swinging his walking stick in the front garden of a house told gardai he'd "never been drunker", a court heard.

Thomas Travers (63) had a wife, family and a flourishing business as a milkman -- but his life changed three decades ago when he killed a child in a tragic accident.

His solicitor told Blanchardstown District Court that Travers never recovered from that accident and is now a chronic alcoholic.

Judge Hugh O'Donnell fined Travers, of Carrigallen Drive, Finglas, €650 and sentenced him to three months in prison, suspended for a year, after he admitted stealing alcohol, public drunkenness and threatening and abusive behaviour.