Probation act for Abbeyleix man who was intoxicated in Portlaoise Garda Station

An Abbeyleix man who was intoxicated at the Portlaoise Garda Station was last week given the probation act.

An Abbeyleix man who was intoxicated at the Portlaoise Garda Station was last week given the probation act.

Before last week’ sitting of the Portlaoise District Court was Sean Fennelly, Blackhill, Abbeyleix, charged with public order offences at the garda station on September 14 last year.

Fennelly was arrested on the morning of the court on the foot of a bench warrant by Garda William Whelan, who gave evidence.

Garda Whelan said that on the day Fennelly had already been charged at the garda station, and he was very intoxicated.

Fennelly had five previous convictions, for public order offences.

Defence solicitor was Mr Declan Breen.

Mr Breen admitted that Fennelly had appeared before the court over the years. He said that Fennelly had previously failed to attend court to meet the charge, as he had been so intoxicated that he did not remember the incident and mislaid his paperwork.

Mr Breen said that Fennelly had suffered with a chronic drink problem, and matters came to a head when he appeared before the court in June and was given a six-month probation bond. Fennelly has since sought treatment, Mr Breen told the court.

Judge Catherine Staines applied the probation act, section 1.2.