Intoxicated and fell on the footpath

Daughter 'keeping an eye' on her mother

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A woman who appeared before Longford District Court last week charged under the Public Order Act had her case adjourned - so that the court can monitor her behaviour - following a hearing into the matter.

Margaret Doran, 54 Mostrim Oaks, Ballymahon Road, Longford appeared before Judge Seamus Hughes charged with being intoxicated in a public place at Townspark, Longford on August 13, 2016.

Outlining the evidence to the court, Inspector Blathaín Moran said that on the date in question at approximately 7pm, gardaí were on patrol in the area when they observed the defendant walking on a footpath.

“She was unsteady on her feet and was intoxicated,” the Inspector added, before pointing out that passers-by told gardaí that the defendant had fallen at one stage and sustained a cut to her head as a result.

“An ambulance was called, however the defendant failed to cooperate with gardaí and she refused medical help.”

In mitigation, the defendant’s solicitor Frank Gearty said his client had her social welfare payments stopped and was currently living with her daughter.

“Her daughter is keeping a very close eye on her and keeping her well away from the drink,” he added.

During his deliberations on the matter, Judge Hughes said he would like to monitor the situation for a few weeks to see how the defendant got on.

He subsequently adjourned proceedings until June 27 next and ordered the defendant to take care of herself in the meantime.