An 18-year-old Laois man convicted of a litany of public order and theft offences who failed to keep his appointments with the probation service was last week given another chance by the district court to attend.
Edward O’Donovan, with addresses listed in Laois, Offaly and Westmeath, was convicted in May of numerous offences. The matter was adjourned on that date for a probation report.
At last week’s district court, Judge Catherine Staines asked why O’Donovan had not kept all his appointments with probation.
Defence, Ms Anne Manning replied that he had experienced transport issues, but she said that a key worker who was engaging with O’Donovan will now ensure he is given the appropriate support to keep his appointments.
Judge Staines put the matter back to December 11 for an up to date report, saying that she wanted to see that he had kept all his appointments with probation.
The facts of O’Donovan’s offences were given at the district court in May by Inspector Aidan Farrelly:
On February 18 O’Donovan stole items from Elverys, Portlaoise, and three t-shirts from Jack and Jones, Portlaoise.
On February 19, he was intoxicated at SS Peter and Paul’s Church, and struck a garda on the arm.
On February 20, he passed out from too much alcohol and was aggressive to ambulance staff who tried to assist him at the Midlands Regional Hospital.
On March 2, he was intoxicated at Rossvale, Mountmellick Road, Portlaoise.
On March 17, he stole a bottle of whiskey from Tesco, Portlaoise. He also stole three bottles of wine from Shoprite, Borris Road, Portlaoise.
On April 18, he stole goods from Dunnes Stores.
On April 20, O’Donovan stole six bottles of wine from O’Gorman’s Off-License, Kilminchy.
On April 22, O’Donovan was intoxicated and aggressive in the grounds of St Fintan’s Hospital. He caused €300 of damage by throwing a block through a window.
On April 30, he was part of a group of youths drinking at Bridal Walk, Kilminchy, and refused to move on when directed by gardaí, becoming abusive.
On May 22, he stole alcohol worth €25 from Supervalu, Abbeyleix, and was abusive to gardaí.
And on June 8, he was seen staggering and shouting on the green outside houses at St Brigid’s Place, Portlaoise.
There were also charges relating to the theft of cans of beer, chocolate and a bottle of Captain Morgan’s, from an off-licence in January of this year.