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'Irate' drunk used garda cell as toilet

A TEENAGER who defecated in a garda station cell was "irate" after officers stopped him drinking in public and confiscated his alcohol, a court heard.

Tadhg Duffy (18) was fined €450 for public order offences and damaging the cell when he appeared in Dublin District Court.

Describing it as "repulsive behaviour", Judge William Early refused to leave him without a conviction, saying the only other penalty he had considered was prison.

Duffy, of Killinacourt Woods, Portlaoise, admitted causing a breach of the peace at, and criminal damage to, a cell at Kevin Street Garda Station after he was arrested in south inner city Dublin.

The court heard gardai were on mountain bike patrol at St James's Walk, Rialto, on July 25 when they saw the accused among a group of youths drinking.


When their alcohol was taken and they were told to leave the area, the defendant became verbally abusive and was arrested.

His abusive language continued at the station and, while in the cell, he defecated on his bunk and smeared it on the blankets.

The accused had no previous convictions of any kind.

"The matter escalated from the gardai exercising their right to confiscate alcohol," Duffy's solicitor said.

"He was irate and over-reacted. Access was denied to the toilets for a brief period of time, but he is accepting the facts as presented."

The court heard the defendant had left school early but was now back in full-time education and hoped to go on to college after completing his Leaving Certificate.

Judge Early fined the accused €300 for criminal damage and €150 for breach of the peace.