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'horseplay' Covid centre worker 'squared up to' and struggled with gardaí after a drunken fight with a friend


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Romain Lanfranca of Goldenbridge Villas, Vincent Street West, charged with public order offences

Romain Lanfranca of Goldenbridge Villas, Vincent Street West, charged with public order offences

Romain Lanfranca of Goldenbridge Villas, Vincent Street West, charged with public order offences

A COVID test centre worker was arrested for "squaring up to" and struggling with gardaí after a drunken fight with a friend on a Dublin city centre street.

Romain Lanfranca had drunk too many "takeaway beers" from a pub when he got into "rough horseplay" with his friend before being stopped by gardaí.

Judge Bryan Smyth told him to make a €250 charity donation to avoid a criminal record.

Lanfranca, of Goldenbridge Villas, Vincent Street West, Dublin, pleaded guilty to public intoxication, threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour and garda obstruction.

Gardaí saw the accused and another man fighting at Henry Street, at 11.35pm on August 23, Sergeant Maire McDevitt told Dublin District Court.

They were acting aggressively, using their hands and feet to strike each other. The accused had an open glass bottle and refused to get rid of it.

A struggle ensued, the bottle broke, the accused "squared up to" the garda, then fled.

The garda caught up with him and when he tried to arrest him, he resisted.

Lanfranca had no previous convictions, was from Marseille and was working in a Covid test centre in Ireland, his solicitor Peter Connolly said. The man he was fighting was a friend and they had both had far too much to drink in a pub, Mr Connolly said.

They had bought takeaway beers and asked if it was OK to have them at that location as there had been "some relaxation around the sale of alcohol". The pair got involved in "rough horseplay".

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