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Wesley Lyons (31) had been watching the Ireland v Australia match

Wesley Lyons (31) had been watching the Ireland v Australia match

Wesley Lyons (31) had been watching the Ireland v Australia match

A RUGBY fan who threatened to put a grenade in a chipper had got drunk earlier while watching Ireland beat Australia, a court heard.

Wesley Lyons (31) also said he would "put a bullet" in the head of a staff member during the incident.

Lyons, of Cherrywood Crescent, Clondalkin pleaded guilty to public drunkenness and causing a breach of the peace at James' Street on November 22.

Judge Patrick Clyne dismissed the charges under the Probation Act at Dublin District Court.

Sgt Zita Woods said gardai were flagged down by an employee from the Fountain takeaway at 7.50pm.

Lyons was very intoxicated and directing his anger at staff.

"He shouted, 'I'll put a bullet in your head' to one of the employees and 'I'll put a grenade into your chipper'," Sgt Woods told the court.

Defence barrister Edel Gilligan said Lyons had watched the Ireland vs Australia game, followed by a soccer match and drank twice as much as usual.

He did not have a "bull's notion" where to get a bullet or a grenade and was "out of his tree", Judge Clyne said.

The accused was on a community employment scheme involved in recycling unwanted items into art.

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