Drunken, bare-chested man refused to put shirt back on

LISTOWEL gardaí attending the scene of a disturbance at a local chipper were met by a drunken, bare-chested man who refused to put his shirt back on, a court has heard.

Stephen Brosnan of Main Street, Moyvane, was drunk and abusive to gardaí and patrons of Jumbos restaurant in Listowel when gardaí arrived.

Despite numerous requests from gardaí to cover up, he refused, Listowel District Court heard last Thursday.

Pleading guilty to engaging in threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour on December 17, 2012, Mr Brosnan claimed someone had spilled hot sauce on his shirt and he had to take it off.

His solicitor, Pat Enright, said that his client had had a few drinks and 'probably didn't handle the situation very well' when gardaí arrived.

He said his client - who has just one previous conviction for a minor road traffic offence - was acting completely out of character and said the incident had been hugely traumatic for him.

Judge Aeneas McCarthy ordered that Mr Brosnan pay €200 to the court poor box before February 20 to avoid a conviction.


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