THE FATHER of a young man who drowned in a fishing tragedy off the Cork coast drunkenly struggled with a garda outside his partner's house, a court heard.
Patrick Kershaw (47) was singing and shouting and refused to be quiet when told to do so by Garda Stephen Walsh.
Kershaw had denied a breach of the peace, saying he walked out of the house in Finglas and Garda Walsh "battered the crap" out of him.
He also claimed that he had made a complaint to the Garda Ombudsman.
Judge David McHugh convicted and fined Kershaw €300.
The defendant, of Harrington Street, Dublin 1, was found guilty before Blanchardstown District Court of public drunkenness and threatening and abusive behaviour.
The incident took place outside his fiancee's home at Fairlawn Road in Finglas at about 5am on June 8 last year.
Garda Walsh said he called to the house to speak to Kershaw's fiancee, Catherine Callaghan. He said Kershaw opened the front door and invited him in.
The garda said he asked the defendant a number of questions but he refused to answer.
Garda Walsh said Kershaw became aggressive and slammed the front door, catching his hand in it.
He was also singing and shouting outside the house and refused to be quiet, struggling with the garda, who put him on the gravel ground to handcuff him.
Garda Walsh said Kershaw suffered some minor cuts to his face as a result.
In his evidence, Kershaw claimed Garda Walsh was taunting him and when he walked out of the house he was hit to the ground by the officer.
Judge McHugh said he was satisfied there had been a breach of the peace. The judge also said he was satisfied Garda Walsh acted reasonably.
He said he believed Kershaw over-reacted due to his alcohol consumption.
Kershaw's lawyer said his client was a single father of four whose 21-year-old son Kevin died when the Tit Bonhomme fishing trawler went down off the Cork coast.
Kershaw has received bereavement counselling but has been drinking more heavily since his son died.
He has a number of previous convictions, including three for drunken driving and public order offences.