Newbridge Garda says teenager charged with being threatening & abusive at 4am was 'best behaved prisoner he had met'

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Newbridge Garda says teenager charged with being threatening & abusive at 4am was  'best behaved prisoner he had met'
8:01 Sunday 16th of September 2018

Naas District Court heard how a young man before the court on a charge of threatening and abusive behaviour along with failing to comply with Gardaí was 'the best prisoner' a Garda ever met.

The 19-year-old accompanied by his father at Naas District Court on Thursday, was charged with threatening and abusive behaviour, and failing to comply with Gardaí, on August 31, 2017, at Eyre St, Newbridge.

Sgt Brian Jacob told the court how at 4am the accused was approached by Garda Conor Sheehan and that there were 'other men' with him, 'shouting and roaring.'

Defence Solicitor, Matthew Byrne said: "He was out with friends on the night, an incident occurred. One of his party became involved in an incident, he stupidly stayed behind and became involved, trying to stop the person."

Defence told the court how the accused had €300 with him in court to give to as a charitable donation.

Addressing the accused, Judge Desmond Zaidan said: "Why did you drink yourself silly?"

The accused said, "I don't know."

Sgt Brian Jacob said a Garda at the station said, 'he was the best behaved prisoner he had met.'

Judge Zaidan said: "All your friends getting drunk does not mean that you have to get drunk."

Defence said: "He will not be before the court again."

Judge Zaidan said; "Being the best prisoner the Garda ever met, I will give him his €300, take your Dad out for a meal. Respect alcohol, you are only young, in 10 years time alcoholism could have caught up with you.'

Judge Zaidan imposed the Probation Act Section 1(1).

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