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17 Aug 2022

Portlaoise man called gardaí 'scum' in pub

Portlaoise man called gardaí 'scum' in pub

A Portlaoise man who called the gardaí “f**king scums” has been directed to make a donation to the Garda Benevolent Fund.

Stephen King, 28, of 36 Colliers Court, Portlaoise, was charged with threatening or abusive behaviour, at Lilly’s Bar, Main Street, Portlaoise.

Sgt JJ Kirby said that on February 17 this year, the accused and another man were involved in a row in the pub. They acted in a threatening or abusive manner to the bouncers and the gardaí, calling them “f**king scums”.

Sgt Kirby said that the other man involved was the more aggressive of the two.

The accused had two previous convictions.

Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick admitted this had been absolutely ridiculous behaviour on the night and the accused had written letters of apology.

The matter was adjourned to June 6 for proof that the accused has attended an alcohol awareness course and for him to donate €200 to the Garda Benevolent Fund.

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