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fine issued Drunk and 'hostile' dad was under stress over quarantine, court hears


Ion Coptu, of Brookwood Meadow, Artane

Ion Coptu, of Brookwood Meadow, Artane

Ion Coptu, of Brookwood Meadow, Artane

A FATHER-of-three who became hostile to gardaí and tried to get into his car while "heavily intoxicated" had been stressed at having to quarantine at home following a foreign trip, a court was told.

Ion Coptu (43) was aggressive and threatened to harm gardaí who called to his house to deal with the incident.

He was fined €200 at Dublin District Court when he admitted public order offences.

Coptu, of Brookwood Meadow, Artane, admitted public intoxication and threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour last August 11.

Garda Andrew Purcell told Judge Bryan Smyth he was called to the address following a complaint.

He entered the property and found the accused "clearly intoxicated" and hostile to gardaí.

Coptu pushed past the garda, went out into the street and attempted to get into his car and leave the area.

This was not safe as Coptu was intoxicated and the garda asked him to step back into the house.

The accused became abusive and "kept saying to effing arrest him and made threats to harm us", Gda Purcell added.

He was warned over his aggressive behaviour before being arrested and brought to Raheny garda station. He had no previous convictions.

Coptu apologised for his behaviour, his lawyer said.

Judge Smyth fined and convicted him.

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