Homeless man found asleep on couch of Longford restaurant

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Longford Courthouse.

Judge Seamus Hughes fined a man last week after he was found in a drunken state at a Longford restaurant earlier this month.

A man who appeared before Longford District Court last week charged under the Public Order Act was convicted and fined €210 following a brief hearing into the matter.

Gary Dolan of No Fixed Abode, appeared before Judge Seamus Hughes charged with being intoxicated in a public place at New Sam Restaurant, Dublin Street, Longford on November 5, 2018.

He was also further charged with being in possession of €20 worth of cannabis resin at Longford Garda Station on the same date.

Outlining the evidence to the court, Sergeant Paddy McGirl said that on the date in question at approximately 9:35pm gardaí received a call to attend the restaurant because of a disturbance there.

He said that when gardaí arrived in the area shortly thereafter, they discovered the defendant in an intoxicated state within the building.

“Mr Dolan refused to leave when he was asked to do so,” Sergeant Mc Girl continued.

“When the Gardaí first arrived they found him asleep on a couch.”

The court went on to hear that the defendant was subsequently arrested and taken to Longford Garda Station where €20 worth of cannabis was found in his possession when he was being searched.
Judge Hughes also heard the defendant had 30 previous convictions to his name.

Meanwhile, in mitigation, Mr Dolan’s solicitor Frank Gearty said his client was currently experiencing personal difficulties.

“He comes from a very respectable family and is a man who has fallen on hard times,” Mr Gearty added.

“He is now homeless and battling an illness.”

During his deliberations on the matter Judge Hughes said the defendant was responsible for his own life choices.

“He makes his own life choices and is responsible for himself,” remarked the Judge.

“Mr Dolan I don’t suffer fools easily - you need to take responsibility for yourself.”

Judge Hughes subsequently convicted the defendant and fined him €105 on each of two charges, before bringing matters to a conclusion.