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Man fined €200 for banging on his former mother-in law's door after boozy session

Derek Slater pleaded guilty to public intoxication and breach of the peace

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Andrew Phelan

A MAN arrested after he was found banging on his former mother-in law's front door had seen someone he did not know in the house and was acting out of "genuine concern".

Derek Slater (62) was making "strenuous enquiries" when gardaí arrived to find him shouting, his defence said.

Judge Bryan Smyth fined him €200.

Slater, a father-of-five and council worker from Annaly Road, Cabra, pleaded guilty to public intoxication and breach of the peace.

Dublin District Court heard gardaí were called to Glengarriff Parade, Phibsborough last May 13.

The accused was banging on a door and shouting threatening and abusive language through the window.

He calmed down when gardaí spoke to him.

The accused had intended visiting his former mother-in-law as he had not seen her during the pandemic, his solicitor Lorraine Stephens said.

There was someone there who was not known to him and Slater was making "strenuous enquiries," she said.

He accepted he had been drinking alcohol.

"It did come from a place of genuine concern for his ex mother-in-law," Ms Stephens said.

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