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Lame threat Intoxicated Italian chef swung a crutch at gardaí and told them he was 'in the Mafia', court told


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Sandru Fotia had mixed alcohol with medication on the day

Sandru Fotia had mixed alcohol with medication on the day

Sandru Fotia had mixed alcohol with medication on the day

AN Italian chef swung a crutch at gardaí in a Dublin street disturbance and told them he was "in the Mafia and would remember their faces".

Sandru Fotia (59) had mixed alcohol with medication for chronic back pain when he made the threat.

Judge Bryan Smyth fined him €200 when he admitted public order disturbances at Dublin District Court.

Fotia, with an address at a central Dublin hostel, pleaded guilty to public intoxication and threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.

The court heard the incident happened at Cabra Park on January 7 this year. Gardaí found the accused in a highly intoxicated state and he became extremely aggressive towards them.

Fotia had requested the Dublin Fire Brigade but when they arrived, he continued to be aggressive and shouted abusive language at members and the gardaí.

He swung a crutch he was holding in an aggressive manner toward the gardaí.

The court heard he "said he was in the Mafia and would remember their faces".

Fotia was struggling to stay on his feet at the time and refused to return home after being requested to do so. He was arrested and charged.

The accused was originally from Italy, his lawyer said.

After the death of his brother a number of years ago, Fotia had been supporting his nephew, who he treated as his son.

He had worked as a chef but in recent years suffered chronic back pain and was on painkillers for that.

On the day, he had drinks with a friend in a park and this did not mix well with his medication, the lawyer said, asking the judge for leniency.

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Fotia had expressed remorse for how the situation had come about, the court heard.

Judge Smyth fined the accused on the breach of the peace charge, gave him five months to pay and took the other into consideration.

"Thank you very much, Mr Judge," Fotia said.

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