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'Public drunkeness' Drunken dad told gardaí 'you'll do nothing' after christening

Sgt McGarrity said Stokes refused to give gardaí his name and address, telling officers "let's go one for one".

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Martin Stokes, with an address at Maldron Hotel, Newlands Cross, Dublin 22, admitted threatening and abusive behaviour.

Martin Stokes, with an address at Maldron Hotel, Newlands Cross, Dublin 22, admitted threatening and abusive behaviour.

Martin Stokes, with an address at Maldron Hotel, Newlands Cross, Dublin 22, admitted threatening and abusive behaviour.

A DAD of three who had too much to drink at a family christening started verbally abusing gardaí, shouting at officers "let's go one for one", a court heard.

Martin Stokes (24) had very little memory of his behaviour, but said his family were not at all impressed with him.

Judge John Brennan imposed a four-month sentence, saying Stokes had previously enjoyed the generosity of the court on multiple occasions.

The judge said Stokes' level of thuggery was at the higher end of the scale.

The defendant, with an address at Maldron Hotel, Newlands Cross, Dublin 22, admitted public drunkenness and threatening and abusive behaviour on June 9, 2021.

Sergeant Patricia McGarrity told Swords District Court that gardaí were on patrol on Main Street, Swords when Stokes started shouting abuse at them. He ran away and jumped into a taxi.

Sgt McGarrity said Stokes refused to give gardaí his name and address, telling officers "let's go one for one".

He also told gardaí: "I'm drunk but you'll do nothing."

The court heard Stokes had 10 previous convictions, mostly for theft and road traffic matters.

Defence lawyer Deirdre Flannery said Stokes was ashamed of his behaviour and he had very little recollection of the evening.

Ms Flannery said Stokes had been at a christening earlier that day and had far too much to drink.

She said his family was not impressed with his behaviour, which was completely out of order. Ms Flannery said Stokes had been avoiding alcohol since the incident.

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He was married, had three young children, and was currently applying for jobs after he recently completed a one year training programme.

Ms Flannery asked the judge to be as lenient as possible, saying this incident was a wake-up call for Stokes.

Recognisances were set for an appeal.

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