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Teenager was in a 'volatile' state at his sister's house


Wexford Courthouse in Ardcavan.

Wexford Courthouse in Ardcavan.

Wexford Courthouse in Ardcavan.

A young County Wicklow man's stay with his sister in South Wexford led to a public order prosecution and conviction.

Dylan Deegan (19), from Beechdale Grove, Blessington denied the charge of threatening/abusive behaviour on January 13 at The Willows, Wellingtonbridge.

Garda John Haley told Wexford District Court on February 2 how he was called to the house of Jennifer Deegan on the night in question.

He discovered the defendant highly aggressive to him, to his garda colleagues and to his sister, threatening his sibling.

Haley described the teenager's state as volatile and he felt there was no alternative but to put Deegan in handcuffs and get him out of the house.

He continued to be highly abusive outside before he was brought away to the barracks in New Ross Defending barrister Shannon Biondi argued that her client could not have been a threat to public order while in the custody of three gardaĆ­ in a housing estate where people were in their homes rather than out of doors.

She revealed that the defendant's state of mind was due in part to the fact that the mother of his two young daughters had discovered he was expecting a baby boy with another woman.

She was threatening to withhold access to the girls, prompting Deegan to drink to excess and then snap. The court was assured that the defendant was once more on good terms with his sister who attended the court hearing in Ardcavan.

Judge Gerard Haughton took account of the fact that Deegan spent time behind bars in custody after his arrest by Garda Haley.

A conviction was imposed, with a 14 day sentence, to date from January 14. 'You are free to go,' the judge told the teenager.

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