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Student arrested at scene of bottle incident

A LEAVING Certificate student was arrested at the scene of a major public order disturbance when he hurled abuse at gardai who told him to leave.

James Gunnery (18) was not involved in the bottle-throwing incident in north Dublin but became abusive to officers when they told him to move on.

The case against him was adjourned after a judge requested a probation report.

Gunnery, of Primrose Grove, Darndale, pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour and failing to obey garda directions at Belcamp Avenue, Coolock, on February 9.



Garda Colin Fitzpatrick told the court gardai were called to the scene of a large public order incident in which people were throwing bottles at 8pm.

Others at the scene ran off but the accused stayed where he was, refused to leave and became verbally abusive towards gardai.

He was arrested at the scene.

Gunnery had been with friends on the night and was "not partaking in bottle throwing" but "reacted when the gardai came upon him", his solicitor Matthew De Courcy said.

He had left school after fourth year, could not get employment and was now studying English and Maths to sit the Leaving Certificate.

Judge Michael Walsh adjourned the case to July 5 for the production of a probation report.