01 Oct 2022

Longford judge wants character references on man who trespassed

A man accused of trespass has been told to return to court in September to allow for character references to be considered.

Lee Robert Goodchild, 25 Lisbrack Road, Longford was in court last week to face a charge of trespassing at 15 Park Villas, Longford town on December 2 2017.

Sgt Mark Mahon said gardaí arrested Mr Goodchild after he was seen shouting on the street at approximately 10:45am.

Defence solicitor Brid Mimnagh said the incident had involved an ex girlfriend of her client’s but that he had since got his life back on track.

“He is doing very well and is now living in Mullingar,” she said.

Ms Mimnagh said Mr Goodchild had done everything asked of him and had not taken a drink for some time.

The court was told Mr Goodchild had 23 previous convictions, but rather than pass judgement on the case Judge Hughes said he was happy to let the matter stand.

In order to consider what action, if any to take, Judge Hughes said he would be keen to seek further character references as to Mr Goodchild’s conduct in recent times.

The case was adjourned with a return date of September 10, 2019 pencilled in.

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