Longford District Court: Court told defendant has 'severe' drink problem

Judge issues strong warning

Longford District Court: Court told defendant has 'severe' drink problem

A man who appeared at last week’s sitting of Longford District Court charged with theft was ordered to appear back before the courts on September 20 nxt.

Patrick McDonagh, 119 Farnagh, Longford appeared before Judge Hughes charged with being intoxicated in a public place at Farnagh, Longford on April 25, 2015; theft at Paddy Power’s, Longford on June 13, 2015 and the theft of two cans of Guinness from Tesco, Longford on August 7, 2015.

Garda Shane O’Connor told the court that on the date in question the defendant entered the store and picked up a handbag that had been left on the counter.

“We observed CCTV footage in respect of the matter and saw him leave the store with the bag,” he added.

Meanwhile, Sergeant Gerry Newton told the court that on April 25 last, he received a call to attend at a house in Farnagh.

“When I got there, I attended the home of the defendant,” the Sergeant added.

“Mr McDonagh was at the top of the stairs and had no shirt on; he was also intoxicated.

“He was threatening his parents.”

The court was also told that Mr McDonagh entered the Tesco store in Longford town on a previous date, took four cans of Guinness and left without paying for the items.

In mitigation, the defendant’s solicitor John Quinn said his client had a severe drink problem.

“He is a pitiful case,” the solicitor added.

“All his offences are drink related.”

During his deliberations on the matter, Judge Hughes told Mr McDonagh that he would be found dead in the gutter in Longford some morning.

“I’m warning you,” added the Judge, “get off the drink for your own sake and if I see you again, you’ll go down for nine months.” Meanwhile the defendant promised the Judge the he wouldn’t drink again. Judge Hughes subsequently adjourned proceedings until the end of September in an effort to allow the court time to monitor the situation.