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Drunk grandfather who shouted 'f*ck you garda' on Dublin street avoids jail

Mohamed Chalabi (48) was "more a nuisance than a menace", his lawyer said
Blanchardstown District Court. Stock photo

Blanchardstown District Court. Stock photo

Eimear Cotter

A grandfather started shouting "f*ck you garda" after officers stopped him walking while intoxicated on a Dublin street, a court heard.

Mohamed Chalabi (48) was "more a nuisance than a menace", his lawyer said.

Judge Miriam Walsh fined Chalabi €150 and imposed a two-month sentence suspended for six months.

The defendant, of Gardiner Street, Dublin 1, admitted public drunkenness and threatening and abusive behaviour at Main Street in Blanchardstown on January 4, 2020.

Sergeant Maria Callaghan told Blanchardstown District Court that gardaí were on patrol when they saw Chalabi, who was highly intoxicated.

He started shouting at gardaí, telling them "f*ck you garda", on a number of occasions. The court heard Chalabi had 10 previous convictions.

Defence lawyer Ciaran MacLoughlin said Chalabi was married with four children and two grandchildren.

Mr MacLoughlin said Chalabi was originally from Algeria and had lived in Ireland for 24 years. He previously worked in security.

The lawyer said alcohol was an ongoing issue for Chalabi, though he had not been drinking recently, and was "more a nuisance than a menace".

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