Man waved claw hammer during drunken argument
A reveller picked up a claw hammer and started waving it about after he was asked to leave an apartment, a court heard.
During the drunken row Wesley Mooney (33) left the apartment and, from outside, started waving the hammer and shouting abuse at the man who asked him to leave. The hammer had been thrown out of the window by the other man.
His lawyer accepted Mooney was "angry", but he calmed down when gardai spoke to him.
Judge David McHugh gave him a four-month suspended sentence.
The defendant, of Abbotstown Drive, Finglas, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to possession of a claw hammer and threatening and abusive behaviour.
A garda said officers were on patrol at around 11.45pm last August 3 when they received a call about a man with a hammer at Prospect Hill Apartments, Finglas.
The garda said Mooney was shouting at an upper window and waving a hammer.
When he saw gardai, Mooney threw the hammer into a hedge.
The court heard Mooney has 57 previous convictions, mostly for road-traffic offences.
Defence solicitor Terence Hana- hoe said his client, an unemployed father-of-two, had been drinking for a long time in an apartment but had a row with the occupant and left.
Mr Hanahoe said the arguing and shouting between the pair continued while Mooney was outside the apartment complex.
The other individual threw a hammer at Mooney and the defendant picked it up and was waving it around when gardai arrived.
Mr Hanahoe admitted Mooney was "in a temper", but said he was locked out and could not cause any damage.