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Luas passenger with no ticket hurled abuse

A LUAS passenger who was arrested for hurling abuse at staff when they caught him travelling without a ticket, was mourning the death of a close friend at the time.

Thomas Cuddihy (47) was left without a conviction after he admitted a public order offence in the incident.

Cuddihy, with an address at St Peter's Crescent, Walkinstown pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour to cause a breach of the peace at the Red Cow Luas terminus on March 19 last.

Judge David McHugh dismissed the charge under the Probation Act.

Blanchardstown District Court heard the incident happened at 8.45pm.

Gardai were called to the scene after it was reported that the defendant was being abusive to Luas staff.

When they asked to see his ticket, he told them to "f*** off". He was then told to leave the tram but became aggressive, Sgt Mary Doherty said.

Cuddihy had previous public order convictions but none were for causing a breach of the peace.

The accused had a drink problem and a friend of his had tragically died a few days before the incident, his solicitor Simon Fleming said.

His father was also in hospital at the time. Cuddihy was "not in a good place" on the day and relapsed.

He was subsequently fined for not having a tram ticket and had since paid that fine in full, Mr Fleming added.