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no memory Armagh IT worker avoids jail after threatening to throw gardai into Dublin canal at birthday party

Hamilton was approached by gardai after fighting with members of the public


Stewart Hamilton

Stewart Hamilton

Stewart Hamilton

A Co. Armagh IT worker, who threatened to throw gardai into a canal during birthday celebrations in Dublin, has been spared a jail sentence but was fined €500.

Stewart Hamilton, 36, from Lurgan Road, Magheralin, Craigavon, was arrested for fighting at Grand Canal Square in Dublin 2 in the early hours of Saturday.

He was charged with being intoxicated to such an extent that he was a danger to himself and others, engaging in threatening and abusive behaviour at the square, and also violent behaviour at Pearse Street Garda station following arrest.

He was held overnight and appeared before Judge Paula Murphy at Dublin District Court on Saturday.

Defence counsel Kevin McCrave told her the accused had no recollection of the events but was entering a guilty plea. He had faced an objection to bail because he lived outside the jurisdiction and had no cash on him, the court heard.

Garda Frank Johnson said Hamilton made no reply when he was charged after he was “fighting with members of the public”.

Garda Johnson said he and colleagues were clearing a number of people who had been drinking on the street. He could hear the accused behind him curse and telling them, “I’ll f*****g throw you into the canal”.

He was asked to return to his hotel however he gardai no choice but to arrest him and he resisted, the court was told. The garda described Hamilton as being “a danger to himself and others” at the time.

When taken to Pearse Street Garda station he became violent and refused to allow officers search him, the court was told.

He had no previous convictions in the Republic or in the North. The garda said he had not spoken to him since he sobered up.

The defence barrister said Hamilton was apologetic and had no memory of the incident. He had been in the city to celebrate his partner’s birthday.

The court heard he worked in IT and the incident was a stain on his reputation. Counsel said his client came from a good family and his father was a retired detective.

The judge noted that the guilty plea was entered at an early stage as she imposed the fine.

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