Man who lost both parents in Afghan conflict was topless and shouting on Washington Street, court hears

Man who lost both parents in Afghan conflict was topless and shouting on Washington Street, court hears

GARDAÍ went to the Ali Baba restaurant on Washington Street where there was a man outside stripped to the waist and shouting aggressively at people passing.

Inspector Ronan Kennelly said gardaí had received a report of a male acting aggressively.

“He had no top on,” said Inspector Kennelly.

“He was highly intoxicated.

“The incident occurred at 2.30am on June 5 where a man was acting aggressively towards members of the public.

“Ali Faizi, aged 35, who resides at direct provision at the Kinsale Road accommodation centre, had no top on and he was acting aggressively towards members of the public outside the Ali Baba premises on Washington Street.

“He was highly intoxicated and unsteady on his feet and was threatening and insulting to gardaí using English words,” the inspector added.

The defendant pleaded guilty to being threatening and abusive on the occasion and being drunk and a source of danger.

The accused man had three previous convictions, two of them for being drunk and a danger, and one for being threatening and abusive.

Frank Buttimer, defence solicitor, said the Afghan national has been in Ireland since October 2017.

“He left Afghanistan because of the conflict there. His mother and father were killed. His brothers and sisters are missing and it does not look good.

“He is residing at direct provision.

“He has a problem with alcohol which is no surprise if you heard all of the details of his background in the conflict situation. For instance, he was shot at the age of 14.

“He has had some counselling here.

“He says he has been very well treated since he has come to Ireland,” Mr Buttimer said.

Judge Kelleher said that what concerned him was his previous convictions.

Judge Kelleher said he would put sentencing back until September 24 but said that in terms of penalty: “There will be no problem if you are not in any trouble between now and then.”

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