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Scarlett for ya Judge tells drunk 'nuisance' OAP he's 'a bad example to younger people'

Scarlett, of Lorcan O'Toole Court, Kimmage, pleaded guilty to public intoxication and threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.

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William Scarlett

William Scarlett

William Scarlett

A "RAMBUNCTIOUS" pensioner who shouted drunken abuse at gardaí was giving a "very bad example" to younger people, a judge has said.

William Scarlett (74) was arrested for making a "nuisance of himself" on a south Dublin street.

Judge Conal Gibbons fined him €500 at Dublin District Court.

Scarlett, of Lorcan O'Toole Court, Kimmage, pleaded guilty to public intoxication and threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.

Gardaí found the accused in an intoxicated state at Main Street, Blackrock, on July 31.

He was incoherent, shouted abuse and threats at them and remained abusive up to the point that he was arrested. He had previous convictions.

Judge Gibbons said the accused "doesn't fit the profile" and "at his age, he's giving a very bad example to the younger citizens of the State."

He asked if Scarlett had an alcohol issue and his solicitor replied: "He takes a drink from time to time, that's for certain."

He "took a fair lot on this occasion" because a friend had died two weeks earlier.

The upset had been "growing and growing at the thoughts of his departed friend."

The judge said Scarlett had been "rambunctious" and was "roaring and shouting and making a nuisance of himself".

The solicitor asked the judge to make the fine lower, saying Scarlett was retired and had no assets.

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"If he's rambunctious on the streets of Dublin at his age, I have to make it expensive for him," the judge said, giving Scarlett six months to pay.

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