A DUBLIN Bus passenger who threw a beer can at the driver has avoided a jail sentence.
Hughie Hilton (26) tried to get on to a bus holding a can of beer and got into an argument when told he couldn't.
At Tallaght District Court, Judge Anthony Halpin imposed a five-month sentence, suspended for a year.
The defendant, of Donomore Crescent in Tallaght, admitted charges of threatening and abusive behaviour and assaulting a bus driver.
The incident took place at Killinarden Heights in Tallaght on January 28, 2012.
Garda Damien Reilly said Hilton was abusive to the driver, there was an altercation and he threw a can of beer at him.
Hilton was identified through CCTV footage.
Hilton also admitted stealing a bottle of Old Spice aftershave, valued at €120, from the Killinarden Pharmacy on October 13 last year.
The court heard Hilton has 87 previous convictions, including 20 previous for theft.
Defence solicitor Kevin Tunney said the defendant suffers from psychiatric problems. Hilton had a partner and four children but lost them to due to his illness. He hasn't seen them in eight months.