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Jonathan Begley, charged with public order offences.

Jonathan Begley, charged with public order offences.

Jonathan Begley, charged with public order offences.

A FATHER-of-one found drunkenly brawling in a convenience store did not know the man he was fighting with and could not explain why they were arguing.

Jonathan Begley (44) resisted arrest when gardaí arrived to find extensive damage to stock on shelves following the row.

Judge Patricia Cronin gave him a suspended three-month sentence, saying she was impressed by his efforts to deal with his addiction issues.

Begley, of Kiltalown Lane, Tallaght, pleaded guilty to threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour, garda obstruction and public intoxication.

Garda Sergeant Mary Brophy said there was a public order incident involving two males at Londis on Westmoreland Street at 4.45pm on November 14, 2019.

The two were acting in a physically aggressive manner in the premises and there was extensive damage to stock on the shelves due to the fight between the two, the court heard.

Begley was removed from the premises due to his "aggressive nature". He resisted arrest and had to be handcuffed. The accused was highly intoxicated.

Begley did not know the man he was in an argument with at all and did not recall the incident, his solicitor Daniel Hanahoe said.

The two of them got into an argument in the shop, a fight ensued and he could not explain why.

Begley, who had a difficulty with alcohol and drugs, had been in a treatment centre since, including a residential period.

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