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It's my life... Council worker found drunk and surrounded by beer cans claimed to be Jon Bon Jovi


Daniel Filip

Daniel Filip

Daniel Filip

A COUNCIL worker found drunk and surrounded by beer cans in Dublin city centre told gardaí he was Jon Bon Jovi when asked for his name.

Daniel Filip (43) had been out having drinks with a friend on O’Connell Street when gardaí encountered him.

Judge Bryan Smyth said he would apply the Probation Act, leaving him without a criminal record, if he made a €200 charity donation.

Filip, with an address at Rosedale Apartments, Tyrconnell Street, Inchicore, pleaded guilty to public intoxication and giving gardaí a false name and address.

Dublin District Court heard gardaí were on duty at 11.20pm last November 14 when they encountered the accused.

He was sitting on the ground, surrounded by empty cans of beer, Garda Sergeant Michelle Lynch said.

She said the accused was clearly intoxicated and gardaí asked for his name.

“He replied, ‘Jon Bon Jovi’,” Sgt Lynch said.


Filip was arrested and taken to a garda station to be charged. He had no previous convictions.

The court heard the case had not been deemed suitable to be dealt with under the adult caution scheme.

Filip, who worked as a general operative for a Dublin local authority, had moved here 20 years ago, his solicitor Andrew Broderick said.

On the evening in question, he was having “some drinks with a friend”.

Mr Broderick asked the judge to leave the accused without criminal convictions.

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Judge Smyth said he would apply the Probation Act on each charge, leaving him without convictions, if he donated €200 to Focus Ireland.

Mr Broderick said the accused had €50 with him, but the judge said “€200 is the amount”.

He asked the judge to give him time to pay as he was “struggling financially”.

Judge Smyth adjourned the case to a date in April and said Filip would be fined €200 if the donation was not paid.

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