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Drunk man struggling with son's autism

A DRUNK who failed to pay a taxi fare has been struggling to cope since his son was diagnosed with autism, a court heard.

John Farrell (34) was upset and went out with the intention of getting drunk.

Judge David McHugh applied the probation act.

The defendant, of Latchford Drive, Castaheany, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to public drunkenness and failing to pay a taxi fare at Main Street, Blanchardstown, on July 4.

Complaining

Sgt Mary Doherty said gardai received a report from a taxi driver complaining about a passenger who was drunk and had no money to pay the fare of €32.

Sgt Doherty said Farrell came to the garda station the following day to apologise for his behaviour. The court heard Farrell has never been in trouble before.

The defence lawyer said the defendant's young son was recently diagnosed as autistic and his home life has been quite difficult.

She said Farrell went out for the night with the intention of getting drunk. She said he was ashamed of his behaviour.

The court heard Farrell is also attending a doctor.

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