A young Portlaoise man has been told to make a donation to the Garda Benevolent Fund in order to avoid a criminal conviction for being abusive to the gardaí.
Before last week’s district court was Jason O’Shea (18), 196 St Brigid’s Place, Portlaoise.
Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that on May 29 this year, at Lidl, Portlaoise, the accused was very abusive to gardaí. He was under the influence of an intoxicant, said the inspector.
The accused had no previous convictions.
Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick said her client doesn’t generally drink and this incident was out of character for him. She said O’Shea had €50 to offer the court by way of his remorse.
Ordering that the €50 be handed over, Judge Catherine Staines told the accused to donate a total of €200 to the Garda Benevolent Fund and the matter was put back to February 2 next year.
The judge told the accused if he paid the full amount he would not get a conviction, but warned him that he would only get this chance once.