A MAN who attempted to break up a fight outside a popular pub in the city centre was himself arrested and prosecuted for public order offences.
Limerick Court was told Roy Clancy, aged 26, of Norwood Park was arrested by gardai who responded to reports of a disturbance on Denmark Street shortly after midnight on January 19, last.
Sergeant Donal Cronin said when they arrived the defendant was being restrained by security staff outside Nancy Blakes and that he was “highly intoxicated” and aggressive.
Solicitor John Devane said his client regretted his actions on the night and he told the court Mr Clancy had personally attended Henry Street garda station and apologised to the gardai for his behaviour a number of days after the incident.
“He intervened between two groups of people who were fighting and he attempted to pull them apart. He tried to do the decent thing,” said Mr Devane.
“He was trying to be a peacemaker rather than minding his own business and walking away,” he added.
When asked, Sgt Cronin told Judge Eugene O’Kelly that the security staff, who had restrained Mr Clancy on the night, were both licensed and experienced.
The judge then asked Mr Devane why his client had “taken it upon himself to do the job of the security staff” on the night.
In response, Mr Devane said his client, who had drink taken, believed “he could do it” and that it was an “error of judgment” on his part.
He said his client is a decent man who is in part-time employment and he urged the judge not to record a criminal conviction.
“He is apologetic, you will not see him here (in court) again”, said Mr Devane.
Noting the defendant’s previous good record, his apology and his guilty plea, Judge O’Kelly indicated if €400 is paid to the poor box by May 27, next he will give Mr Clancy a chance and strike out the charges.