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Hungry eyes ‘Nuisance’ drunken man tried to take food from people’s lunch plates in Dublin

Separately, when gardaí roused McCarthy on finding him slumped against railings on Parnell Square on May 13 last year, he stood up, raised his fists in an “aggressive posture” and resisted arrest.

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Levi McCarthy from Plunkett Road, Askeaton, Limerick, was charged with public order offences

Levi McCarthy from Plunkett Road, Askeaton, Limerick, was charged with public order offences

Levi McCarthy from Plunkett Road, Askeaton, Limerick, was charged with public order offences

A drunken man was arrested after he tried to take food from the plates of people having lunch outdoors in a Dublin city centre square.

Levi McCarthy (30), who was a “nuisance” in the incident, was fined for public order offences.

McCarthy, of Plunkett Road, Askeaton, Limerick, admitted public drunkenness and threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.

Garda Kyle McCoy told Dublin District Court he saw the accused in an intoxicated state at Wolfe Tone Square, Jervis Street on March 23 last year.

He was unsteady on his feet and was approaching members of the public who were eating lunch in the square, attempting to take food from their plates, Gda McCoy said. Children were present.

McCarthy had been “unacceptably intoxicated” and “a nuisance to people”, his solicitor Jenny McGeever said.

Separately, when gardaí roused McCarthy on finding him slumped against railings on Parnell Square on May 13 last year, he stood up, raised his fists in an “aggressive posture” and resisted arrest.

McCarthy was from Limerick and had studied site management and worked abroad.

He moved to Dublin and homelessness “became an issue for him for the first time in his life”, Ms McGeever said.

McCarthy apologised for his behaviour.

Judge Bryan Smyth fined him €300 for the first incident and €350 for the second.

He warned McCarthy if he kept coming before the court he would end up getting a prison sentence.

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