Drunk who exposed himself was ‘off in his own world’

by Gazette Reporter

A man was so intoxicated he was “off in his own world” when he pulled out his penis on a busy street in broad daylight, a court has heard.

Michael Doyle (52) had drunk a bottle of wine on top of prescribed medication when he was seen dancing around a tree outside the Swan leisure centre on Dublin’s Rathmines Road Lower.

Detective Garda Paul O’Carroll told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that a man was sitting in his car with his 11-year-old son when he saw Doyle dancing on the footpath and pulling at his pants.

Doyle then pulled out his penis and began touching himself. The court heard two elderly ladies were walking by at the time.

Detective O’Carroll said that Doyle was still “fully exposed” when he then raised his arms up. There were families with children in the area and one man tried to stop and alert people to what was happening before they saw Doyle.

One passer-by who was with her five-year-old grandson told gardaí that she saw the man standing with his penis out and with “a big smile on his face”.

When gardaí approached Doyle he began verbally abusing them. He called one garda “pr***” and “c***” and said he would “find out where you live”.

Alan Grace BL, defending, said that his client was taking prescribed medication including Diazepam and sleeping tablets. He said Doyle had very little memory of the day beyond buying the bottle of wine.

He said Doyle never set out that day to upset anyone or to obstruct gardaí.  “He was off in his own world” and made no attempt to approach or engage with any members of the public, counsel said.

Doyle, with an address at a Salvation Army hostel in Dublin city, pleaded guilty to two counts of exposure on June 24, 2017.

Judge Karen O’Connor suspended a 12 month prison term on condition he be of good behaviour and abide by all directions of the Probation Service.

She noted the garda evidence that Doyle was a different person when sober and noted he has no previous convictions for similar matters. She said his convictions reflect his significant addiction problems.

Judge O’Connor said she was also taking into account the acceptance that Doyle was a “vulnerable” person and that his behaviour had not been directed at anyone.

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