A man who abused Gardai in a pub claimed he got drunk after not getting any sleep after attending an all-night wake.

Chris Bonner, of Convoy in Co Donegal appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with a public order offence.

The court was told the 45-year-old father-of-two was drinking in Rosie’s Bar in Drumkeen when Gardai arrived at the premises.

Bonner became aggressive with Gardai and asked them if they had nothing better to do before telling them to “f*** off.”

Gardai asked Bonner to desist but his tirade of abuse continued before Bonner called the Gardai “c****” and was arrested.

His solicitor, Mr Patsy Gallagher, said his client was the worse for wear after going without sleep having stayed up all night at a family wake.

Mr Gallagher said “As is the custom in these parts, he stayed up all night at the wake. He had been drinking at the meal after the funeral.”

The court was told that Bonner of Aughyalt, Convoy had a number of previous convictions.

He is now working as a labourer o building sites in Dublin.

Judge Paul Kelly said he was ordering Bonner to pay €150 to Letterkenny Youth and Community Project in lieu of getting another conviction.


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