Serial public offender is a "menace to society"

CourtsBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
Neil Mulvaney
Neil Mulvaney

Neil Mulvaney is a menace to society, according to Judge Michael Walsh, who handed the serial public order offender a six month suspended sentence.

35-year-old Mulvaney stumbled drunkenly into a group tourist at St Stephen’s Green before hurling abuse at gardai in front of some children.

Dublin District Court heard he had 139 prior convictions.

He pleaded guilty to several new counts of public drunkenness and breach of the peace.

On June 13 last, Mulvaney, of Orchid House, James's Street was on College Green at 7.20pm, holding a paper cup up to people's faces and asking for money.

An elderly man had particular difficulty getting past him.

On May 29, he was intoxicated in St Stephen's Green at 3.55pm, bumping into the public.

He stumbled into a group of tourists and they appeared "quite afraid of him", a garda sergeant said. He was barely able to stand and they ran away.

On July 8, he was drinking in the park and when gardai took his alcohol, he threatened them in front of large numbers of children and tourists.

"The offences are against ordinary, decent law-abiding citizens going about their daily business," Judge Walsh said.

"There is no doubt in my mind he is a menace to society."

Mulvaney was warned that he would be jailed if he reoffended.