Assault after bad reaction to drugs

Assault Portlaoise man given suspended sentence

Assault after bad reaction to drugs

A Portlaoise man who had a negative reaction to cannabis and attacked staff members of a filling station causing wine bottles to be smashed has been given a suspended jail sentence after being found unsuitable for community service.

Stephen Dunne (24), 46 Rossvale Court, was charged with criminal damage, assault and public order charges.

When the case first came before the court in May, garda evidence outlined that on March 25 this year, the gardaí received a report of a man having assaulted a staff member at Max Gym on the Dublin Road, Portlaoise.

A further report came from the Applegreen Filling Centre, where the accused was being restrained on the floor by a member of the public and a staff member, with a number of broken bottles on the floor.

Dunne was very incoherent and clearly under the influence of an intoxicant. He had been in the store a number of times harassing a female attendee, before he lunged at a male attendee causing him to fall and break the wine bottles. €30 damage was caused.

Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick said Dunne suffers with epilepsy. She said he occasionally used cannabis, but as he’s on medication it has a negative effect on him.

Defence said that Dunne had €100 compensation.

Judge Catherine Staines imposed 100 hours’ community service in lieu of three months and the matter was put back to June 16.

When the case returned to the district court last week, Dunne was found unsuitable for community service due to a medical condition.

Ms Fitzpatrick also handed in €55 of the €130 compensation Dunne was ordered to pay over, leaving a balance of €75.

Judge Staines imposed a three-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, on the criminal damage charge. On the assault charge, Judge Staines convicted and fined Dunne €10, and imposed a compensation order of €75. A charge of being intoxicated was taken into consideration.