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Dad fined €200 after urinating in flat stairwell

A FATHER-of-two who roared abuse at his girlfriend after urinating in the stairwell of a flats complex has been convicted of public order offences.

James O'Neill (27) was drunk following a 21st birthday party when gardai came across him shouting at his girlfriend as he made his way home.

He was fined €200 after he admitted public order charges.

O'Neill, with an address at Dolphin House in the south inner city, pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court to public intoxication and causing a breach of the peace in the incident at Dolphin House on March 20, 2010.

Garda Elaine Carolan told the court she was on patrol at 4.30am when she came across the accused in the stairwell of one of the blocks. He was with three women, one of whom was his girlfriend. He was holding a bottle of alcohol, was shouting and roaring, his trousers were unzipped and he had urinated in the stairwell.

The garda asked him to stop but he continued to argue with his girlfriend, hurling verbal abuse at her. She did not want to make any complaint.

The garda directed O'Neill to leave the area but he was so intoxicated, he fell against the officer twice and it took him five minutes to move on.

The court heard the defendant had 80 previous convictions, but these were mostly for motoring offences.


His most recent conviction was in 2007 and the latest incident was "out of character" for him.

O'Neill had been at a 21st birthday party on the night and had "very little memory" of what happened, his lawyer said.

He was now "on better terms" with his girlfriend, who was the mother of one of his children.

Judge William Early imposed the fine on the breach of the peace charge and took the other into consideration.