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Man smashed door of an Eddie Rocket's when asked to leave, court told

Staff had asked him to leave when he tried to eat McDonald's meal at Eddie Rocket's outlet
Nicholas Levingstone, of Knockduff, Gorey, Co Wexford, charged with criminal damage and public intoxication.

Nicholas Levingstone, of Knockduff, Gorey, Co Wexford, charged with criminal damage and public intoxication.

Andrew Phelan

A MAN who brought a McDonald's meal to another restaurant and tried to eat it there smashed the front door with a kick when confronted by staff and told to leave.

Nicholas Levingstone (33) was "foaming at the mouth" when gardaí arrived and arrested him at an Eddie Rocket's in Dublin city centre, a court heard.

A judge warned Levingstone he faces jail unless he pays compensation.

The accused, of Knockduff, Gorey, Co Wexford, pleaded guilty to criminal damage and public intoxication.

Dublin District Court heard gardaí were called to a disturbance at Eddie Rocket's on O'Connell Street Lower on October 1, 2019.

Staff said the accused had entered with a McDonald's meal and "attempted to eat it in the store", a garda told Judge Bryan Smyth.

Levingstone was asked to leave, but refused and had to be escorted outside. As he was leaving, he kicked the door at the front entrance, causing €300 worth of damage.

Levingstone remained at the scene and was "foaming at the mouth" when gardaí spoke to him. He was arrested and brought to Store Street garda station.

The accused had 68 previous convictions. Levingstone was first convicted for possession of cannabis at 18, when he was due to train as a helicopter pilot in the army, the court heard. This had "derailed his life", his solicitor said.

Since the latest offence, the accused had received a very bad medical diagnosis and appeared before the court "a changed man", she said. He was now living a quieter life.

His solicitor said a custodial sentence would be detrimental to the accused's physical and mental health.

"I don't really remember that day," Levingstone said of the incident.

Judge Smyth said the accused would have to come up with compensation if he wanted to avoid prison.

"If not, you are going to get a sentence," the judge said.


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