Longford District Court: Refused to leave shop when asked

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Longford District Court

Longford District Court

A man who appeared at 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.

Ese Erujaroh (50), 1 Sandy Lane, Richmond Street, Longford appeared before Judge Seamus Hughes charged with being intoxicated in a public place at Kelleher’s Spar, Main Street, Longford on November 5, 2018.

He was also further charged with failing to comply with the orders of An Garda Síochána and engaging in threatening, abusive and insulting words or behaviour on the same date.

Outlining the evidence to the court, Sergeant Paddy McGirl said that on the date in question at approximately 3pm gardaí received a call to attend the Spar shop along Longford town’s main thoroughfare.

He said there was a report of a disturbance at the shop and gardaí subsequently went to the area to investigate the matter further.

“When the Gardaí arrived they observed the defendant drinking alcohol in the shop,” added the Sergeant.

“He was intoxicated and refused to leave when the staff asked him to do so.”

Meanwhile, the court also heard that Mr Erujaroh was in a very intoxicated state at the time.

“He was asked to leave the area by the Gardaí but refused to do so,” continued Sergeant McGirl.

“He then became abusive to staff in the shop and he was subsequently arrested and taken to the garda station.”

In mitigation, the defendant’s solicitor John Quinn said his client had been living in Ireland for the last 19 years.

“He has a drink problem, but had given up alcohol until this particular day when he had a breakout,” added Mr Quinn, before pointing out the defendant was “sorry” for his actions.

“He broke out that day I’m afraid, but is very apologetic for his behaviour.
“He assures me that this will never happen again; his attitude now is that he will stay out of trouble.”

Meanwhile, during his deliberations on the matter Judge Hughes remarked, “this is a great country when a man can be drunk at 3 o’clock in the day”.

The Judge subsequently convicted the defendant and fined him accordingly.