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Mourner smashed window of pub when staff woke him up


Michael Carroll

Michael Carroll

Michael Carroll

A sous chef who fell asleep in a pub after drinking all day lashed out and broke a front window of the premises after staff woke him up.

Michael Carroll (30) caused €320 worth of damage to a window at the Black Raven pub in Skerries after he was asked to leave because he was intoxicated.

After breaking the window he ran off but was tracked down by gardai. On being arrested he became abusive towards gardai, Balbriggan District Court heard.

Carroll was ordered by Judge Dermot Dempsey to complete 200 hours of community service work in lieu of a two-month prison sentence.

Carroll, of Mourne View, Skerries, pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage by breaking the front window of the pub on May 10.


He further pleaded guilty to being intoxicated and using threatening and abusive behaviour on Strand Road, Skerries, on the same date.

Defence solicitor Annette Healy said the qualified lifeguard, who has five previous convictions dating from 2010, is "very disappointed" with himself over what happened.

"He was attending a funeral and was drinking alcohol from early on in the day," said Ms Healy. "He then fell asleep in the pub and when the bar staff woke him up he was groggy and lashed out."

Ms Healy said the father-of-two, who works as a part-time sous chef, is "trying to pull himself together".

She said he paid the owner of the bar, Joe Sherman, €500 for the damage caused to the window and apologised to the gardai on his release from custody.

Judge Dermot Dempsey convicted and fined Carroll €100 for using threatening and abusive behaviour.