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Taxi passenger abused gardai

A LATE-night reveller who was impatient to get home after a half-hour wait for a taxi was arrested for hurling abuse at the cabbie when he was stopped for breaking a red light.

Anthony Viani (42) said he was "frustrated" and then verbally abused gardai and refused to give his name.

Viani, of Tyrconnell Road, Inchicore, was convicted of public order offences and fined €500 when Judge John O'Neill said the gardai were "only doing their jobs" at the time.

The incident happened at Suffolk Street, Dublin, at 3.35am on July 31.

Head shop man unable to stand

A MAN who could not stand when gardai questioned him in the city centre had just taken head shop products, a court heard.

Carl Delgarno (30) was fined €125 for public intoxication in the incident after he failed to appear in court to meet the charge.

Dublin District Court heard gardai on patrol in the south city centre on August 5 approached the accused and spoke to him.

Delgarno, of Limekiln Green, Walkinstown, was unable to stand unaided and "appeared to be falling asleep".

It was difficult for gardai to understand what he was saying and he told them he had "taken something from a head shop", a sergeant said.

He had previous convictions for public order and drugs offences.

Drunk arrested for own safety

A DUBLIN man who was so drunk he was arrested for his own safety in a late night incident has been told to make a charity donation to avoid conviction.

Kevin Feehan (27), of York Street, Dublin, admitted a charge of public intoxication.

Judge John O'Neill said he would strike the charge out if Feehan made a €100 contribution to Crumlin Children's Hospital.

Dublin District Court heard gardai on duty on Westmoreland Street at 4.30am on July 24 found Feehan in a very intoxicated state. He told the court he could not remember anything.