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Friday 23 August 2019

Probation Act for man who gave Gardai 'the finger'

A 21-YEAR-OLD MAN who gave Gardaí ' the finger' appeared at the District Court on Monday, remorseful for his drunken misbehaviour.

Kevin O'Dowda, The Cools, Barntown, came to courthouse in Ardcavan with his parents to plead guilty to being drunk in public and to threatening/abusive behaviour at Main Street on June 29.

Judge Gerard Haughton heard that the accused obstructed a Garda van and shouted at the garda officers inside. He was clearly intoxicated and refused to give his name when requested.

The court was told that he had been attending a friend's birthday party that night.

Solicitor Siobhán Dunne stated that her client was not working though he had tried everything from labouring and waiting at tables to selling insurance door to door and labouring.

Ms. Dunne reported that he had done well in his exams on a course for security workers and hoped to go to the United States.

O'Dowda was told that he would be allowed the benefit of the Probation Act if he pays €300 to the Garda benevolent fund by November 5.

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