A man who appeared at last week’s sitting of Longford District Court charged under the Public Order Act was convicted and fined €200 following a hearing into the matter.
Kyle Prunty (31), Aughaboy, Killoe, Longford appeared before Judge Seamus Hughes charged with being intoxicated at a public place at Ballymahon Street, Longford on January 31, 2018.
Outlining the evidence to the court, Inspector Bláithín Moran said that on the date in question, gardaí were called to Boots Pharmacy where a male was refusing to leave the premises.
“When gardaí arrived, they observed the defendant and noticed that he was unsteady on his feet,” the Inspector continued.
“He was dishevelled looking and there was a smell of intoxicating liquor coming from him.”
In mitigation, the defendant’s solicitor John Quinn said that his client had been arrested by the Gardaí on the day “more for his own safety than anything else”.
“He is a chef in the UK and when his relationship broke up he came home to Longford,” continued Mr Quinn before pointing out that his client did not involve himself in any criminality.
“On the day of the incident, he went drinking early and basically lost the run of himself.
“He doesn’t even know what he was doing in Boots.”
Judge Hughes then asked the defendant if his life had gone off track?
“Yes,” the defendant replied.
“I split up with my Mrs and I hadn’t seen the children in some time, but I want to settle down now and get a job here.”
Meanwhile, Mr Quinn said that his client was very apologetic over what had happened and was embarrassed for having brought “all of this on his family”.
Following his deliberations on the matter, Judge Hughes convicted the defendant and fined him accordingly.