A man who appeared before this week’s sitting of Longford District Court charged under the Public Order Act was ordered to pay €500 into the court poor box following a brief hearing into the matter.
Vadims Fomins (30), 8 Savoy Lane, Richmond Street, Longford appeared before Judge Seamus Hughes charged with failing to comply with the orders of An Garda Síochána at Main Street, Longford on June 30, 2018.
Outlining the evidence to the court, Sergeant Mark Mahon said that on the date in question at 3:20am, gardaí observed a number of males fighting outside Luigi’s takeaway along Longford town’s main thoroughfare.
“Gardaí dispersed the males; they were highly intoxicated but the defendant returned to the area 10 minutes later,” added Sergeant Mahon.
“He then started an altercation with another male.”
In mitigation, the defendant’s solicitor Carol Daly said her client had been on a night out on the occasion and “should have complied” with the Gardaí.
She added, “There was pushing at Luigi's and certainly when he was asked to leave he should have done so and had no business returning to the area.”
The court then heard the defendant decided to return because he wanted to make amends with the man he had been fighting with in the first instance.
“Mr Fomins returned to the area because he wanted to shake the hand of the man he had the encounter with,” Ms Daly added.
Following his deliberations on the matter, meanwhile, Judge Hughes ordered the defendant to furnish the court poor box with €500.
The Judge confirmed that once the money was paid over, the matter before him would be struck out.