Fighting in the street

A PORTLAOISE man who threw punches at another male outside a local pub has been given a suspended sentence.

A PORTLAOISE man who threw punches at another male outside a local pub has been given a suspended sentence.

John Donoghue, 2 Heather Lane, Esker Hills, Portlaoise, was charged with being intoxicated and using threatening behaviour, at Main Street, Portlaoise, on January 8.

He has eight previous convictions.

Defence, Mr Philip Meagher said his client suffers with depression and anxiety and takes a lot of medication.

“He shouldn’t be drinking at all,” Mr Meagher admitted.

Mr Meagher said Donoghue had received “very glum news” about his father at the time and went into a “downwards spiral”.

“He foolishly began drinking at home before he went out,” said Mr Meagher. “Then he had a row with his wife and someone intervened.”

Informing Donoghue that this is his last chance, Judge Catherine Staines imposed a three-month sentence, suspended for 12 months.