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Judge John O'Leary found him guilty of threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour and fined him €200

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A MAN who insulted his partner when gardaí investigated a disturbance on the street has been fined for what a judge said was "not mere boisterousness".

Lee Kenny (26), a painter-decorator, told a garda his partner was a "mad c**t" while she was within earshot.

Judge John O'Leary found him guilty of threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour and fined him €200. Kenny, of Monasterboice Road, Crumlin, had denied the charge.

Garda Peter Murray told Dublin District Court he was called to an incident at St James's Walk, Dublin 8, at 4.07am October 7 last year.

He said the accused was shouting aggressively at a woman, who was clearly distressed. The accused called the woman a "mad c**t", he said.

Kenny told the court he only said to the garda "she is mad" and "not once did I refer to her as the c word at all".

The garda insisted the abusive term was used and said the woman was within earshot and he felt the comment was directed at her.

Defence solicitor Aoife McNicholl said the accused's behaviour might not have been "terribly pleasant" but it was not a criminal offence.

A related charge of public intoxication was dismissed.


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