A man involved in a brawl that spread to the lobby of a Dublin hotel has been sentenced to nine months in prison.
Raham Keating (23) pleaded guilty on January 1, 2020 at the Clayton Hotel, Santry.
Keating, with an address in Bunratty Road, Coolock, Dublin, has 18 previous convictions, mainly for minor public order offences.
Judge Martin Nolan handed down a nine-month sentence, saying the defendant had “escaped custody so far, but not now”.
Judge Martin Nolan said Keating had “serious difficulty with alcohol” and that when intoxicated, the defendant’s behavior was a cause of harassment.
Garda Jessica Hardington told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on Thursday that at 12 noon Keating was seen walking towards a group of four men from behind a bus stop outside the Clayton Hotel.
The defendant appeared to be trying to pick an argument with the men, who walked away. Keating followed, pushing, shoving, and punching.
The situation escalated and eventually eight men got involved in a fight in front of the busy bus shelter. The group of men began to move toward the hotel.
Gda Hardington said the hotel’s manager on duty went into the packed hotel lobby where he met the accused. The manager tried to reason with Keating, who got angry and shouted, “Get out of my way or I’ll stab you.”
Another young man entered the hotel with a cane and tried to reason with Keating, but was unsuccessful. Keating tried to grab the cane, brandishing a gray sweater as well.
When hotel employees tried to intervene, he said he would “stab” them. Keating then left the lobby and ran off before Gardai arrived at 12.20pm.
Gardai followed Keating, who then threw himself on the ground and began kicking his legs. Keating was arrested and identified himself on CCTV footage. Keating told Gardai that he believed the group of men would take him in.
He wanted to ask them to stop, but had not met them aggressively. The defendant said he went to the hotel for his own safety.
Gda Hardington accepted defense attorney’s claim that Keating had been drinking on New Year’s Eve and into the following day.
The investigating Garda agreed with Defense Counsel that Keating apologized for the way he spoke to hotel staff when interviewed by Gardai. Keating was injured in the fight and had a swollen face when he was caught by Gardai.
In mitigation, the defense attorney said her client went to the hotel out of fear to escape the fight. Other people involved in the fight were not caught by Gardai.
The defense attorney said Keating deeply regrets his actions. He had been drinking and socializing with others, asking them to stop taking him in, prompting him to become aggressive towards him.
Keating had tried to extricate himself from the situation. Keating has one child and does not work but is looking for a job. The defense attorney said the intoxication was a factor in Keating’s behavior, but he learned his lesson.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/man-involved-in-new-years-day-fight-that-spilled-into-dublin-hotel-lobby-jailed-for-nine-months-42065144.html Man involved in a New Year’s Day brawl that spread to Dublin hotel lobby has been sentenced to nine months in prison