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Drunk builder who urinated in Garda car 'more afraid of wife than the court'​​​​​​​

Mihai Donea (30) told officers "I'm sorry" and offered to pay for the damage

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Eimear Cotter

A construction worker who was so drunk that he urinated in the back of a patrol car was "more afraid of his wife's reaction than the court", his lawyer has said.

Mihai Donea (30) was cycling home without any lights when he was stopped by gardaí.

Judge Gerard Jones ordered Donea to donate €300 to the Garda Benevolent Fund and he struck out the charges.

The defendant, of River Gardens in Glasnevin, admitted public intoxication, threatening and abusive behaviour and criminal damage at the N3 Blanchardstown, on May 26, 2021.

Garda James Grogan told Blanchardstown District Court gardaí were on mobile patrol when they came across a man cycling a bike without lights.

Gda Grogan said Donea became verbally aggressive to officers and had to be restrained. He was placed in the rear of the patrol car, where he urinated, later telling officers "I'm sorry" and offering to pay for the damage.

Defence solicitor Matthew Kenny said Donea was very embarrassed about his behaviour and was "more afraid of his wife's reaction than the court".

Mr Kenny said the urination was more due to his intoxication than a deliberate act.

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