A drunk Convoy man who challenged his neighbours for having Northern Ireland registered cars has been fined for being intoxicated and using threatening and abusive behaviour.

Paul Cooke appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged in connection with the incidents at Townparks, Convoy on September 21st last.

The court heard the 40-year-old father-of-three left his home in a drunken state and went into Convoy.

On the way, he was shouting a roaring accusing his neighbours of having Northern-registered cars.

Gardai arrived and tried to calm Cooke down and asked him to leave the area and to behave.

He resisted and Gardai were forced to use pepper spray to calm him down.

The accused man’s solicitor, Mr Patsy Gallagher, said his client had previously had an issue with alcohol but had been clean for some time.

However, on the day in question, he had been drinking again but had remained off alcohol since.

He added that Cooke has since apologised to his family and to his neighbours.

Judge Paul Kelly fined Cooke, of Townparks, Convoy a total of €200 and gave him four months to pay the fine.


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