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Drunken man (29) swung kick at garda's head and spat in station cell

Levi McCarthy also spat in a garda station cell, which had to be professionally cleaned
Levi McCarthy

Levi McCarthy

Andrew Phelan

A drunken man narrowly missed striking a garda in the head after being arrested in Dublin city centre.

Levi McCarthy (29) also used "vulgar language" and spat in a garda station cell, which had to be professionally cleaned.

He was fined €300 at Dublin District Court.

McCarthy, of Plunkett Road, Askeaton, Limerick, pleaded guilty to public intoxication, threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour and criminal damage.

The court heard gardaí found the accused in a highly intoxicated state on O'Connell Street Upper at 8.35pm last March 17.

He was unable to walk unaided and when arrested, he became extremely abusive to gardaí, using "vulgar language".

He was placed in a cell at Store Street station, where he kicked out, narrowly missing the head of one of the gardaí.

McCarthy continued to use vulgar and abusive language to the gardaí and spat in the cell, which had to be cleaned up.

McCarthy had previous convictions.

He was "Limerick born and bred" and had attended third level education there, qualifying as a site manager, his lawyer said.

He was not working at the moment and had difficulty with alcohol, which was something he was "endeavouring to address".

McCarthy had "limited recollection" of the incident itself but was not contesting the garda evidence.

He apologised to the court for his behaviour on the date.

Judge Bryan Smyth fined the accused.


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