A man who was found walking with his baby during the early hours of the morning in Lanesboro was convicted and fined under the Public Order Act following a hearing into the matter at last week’s sitting of Longford District Court.
Janis Stanevics (35), Aghamore, Lanesboro, Co Longford appeared before Judge Seamus Hughes charged with being intoxicated in a public place at Main Street, Lanesboro on October 25, 2015.
In her evidence to the court, Garda Sinéad Lynch said that on the date of the incident at approximately 12:10am she was on mobile patrol in the area when she came upon the defendant walking on the Longford Road out of the town.
Garda Lynch pointed out that Mr Stanevics’ 13-month-old son was in a buggy that was being pushed by his father.
“I stopped to speak with him about the welfare of the child,” Garda Lynch continued.
“There was a smell of intoxicating liquor from him.”
The court heard the defendant had been at a house party earlier that night and an individual who had not been drinking had taken care of the small child.
“The defendant is originally from Latvia and he explained to me that both he and his wife were at the party and had a couple of drinks while there,” added Garda Lynch who then pointed out that it was not the defendant’s intention to stay out as long as he had done.
“He eventually got a taxi home.”
A bewildered Judge Hughes imposed a €105 fine and warned the defendant not to do anything like that again.