A man who appeared at last week’s sitting of Longford District Court charged under the Public Order Act was convicted and fined €250 following a hearing into the matter.
James Carroll (25) Tullyvane, Lanesboro, Co Longford appeared before Judge Seamus Hughes charged with being intoxicated in a public place at Cnoc Na Gaoithe, Lanesboro on March 14 last and engaging in threatening, abusive and insulting words or behaviour on the same date.
Outlining the evidence to the court, Inspector Padraig Jones said that on the date in question gardaí received a call about a male acting suspiciously at a housing estate in Lanesboro.
“When gardaí arrived in the area they observed Mr Carroll running around the estate,” he added.
“When the member in charge tried to speak to him he became obnoxious.”
In mitigation, the defendant’s solicitor Fiona Baxter said her client was a tax consultant who was very embarrassed over what had happened.
“He can’t remember the incident,” she said.
“He has personally apologised to Garda Finneran.”
During his deliberations on the matter, Judge Hughes said that it was his job to ensure that he never saw the defendant before him again.
The Judge subsequently convicted Mr Carroll and fined him in respect of the matter.