Longford District Court: Failed to pay fine after being drunk in public

Was fighting with girlfriend while gardaí were trying to arrest her

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A man who appeared before 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

A man who appeared before 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.

John Ward (23), 4 Sli Esker, Ballinasloe, Co Galway appeared before Judge Seamus Hughes charged with being intoxicated in a public place at Cloonagh, Dring, Co Longford on September 8, 2017.

Outlining the evidence to the court, Sergeant Paddy McGirl said that on the date in question, at approximately 8:20pm Garda Browne received a call to attend the area in Dring as there was a disturbance there.

“Garda Browne went there and spoke to the driver of the car,” Sergeant Mc Girl continued.

“The driver was the defendant’s partner and the defendant was in the back of the car; he became abusive to the driver while the Garda was in the process of arresting her on suspicion of drink driving.”

Meanwhile, the court heard the defendant was subsequently issued with a fixed penalty notice in respect of the matter, but to date that fine remained unpaid.

In mitigation, the defendant’s solicitor John Quinn said that his client had been unemployed for quite some time.
“He has addiction issues now,” added Mr Quinn.

“On the night in question he was somewhat jaundiced by the driver who was his girlfriend at the time.”

The court was also told the defendant had 37 previous convictions.
Judge Hughes said during his deliberations on the matter that the defendant was a 23-year-old man who had already notched up 37 convictions.

“I’m not proud of this,” Mr Ward added.

Judge Hughes added, “I don’t think you care one whit”.

The Judge subsequently convicted the defendant and fined him accordingly.