Drunk Corkman walking in front of traffic told gardaí to f*** off

Man accused of threatening and abusive behaviour 'could have ended up dead but for the arrival of gardaí', court told
Drunk Corkman walking in front of traffic told gardaí to f*** off

The judge told the accused that he faces prison if he does anything else wrong. Picture: Larry Cummins

A drunken young man walking out on the road in Douglas, Cork, in front of traffic could have ended up dead but for the arrival of gardaí.

However, the reaction of the 23-year-old who arrested him for his own safety was to tell them to fuck off.

Rioghan Ivers, of Hillcrest, Blarney Road, Cork, came before Cork District Court where he pleaded guilty to charges of engaging in threatening and abusive behaviour and being intoxicated to such an extent that he was a danger to himself or others at the time.

Sergeant Gearóid Davis said the dangerous incident occurred on October 31, 2021, close to Centra on South Douglas Road, Cork.

“He was intoxicated and shouting loudly. He told gardaí to fuck off. He walked towards the public road which was very busy at the time.

“He was ushered back to safety. He had no sense of his whereabouts,” Sgt Davis said.

Frank Buttimer, solicitor, said alcohol has been a difficulty in the accused's background.

The solicitor said the accused was so drunk at the time of the incident that he did not even remember it.

Judge Colm Roberts said: “If the guards did not turn up, he could have ended up dead.”

The judge imposed a two-month suspended sentence but warned: “If he does anything else,he is gone to prison.”

The charge of being drunk and a danger was taken into consideration.

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