Caught at rear of Port pub on Good Friday

A Dublin man who was seen entering the premises of a closed public house in Portarlington on Good Friday was convicted and fined at last week’s sitting of the Portlaoise District Court.

A Dublin man who was seen entering the premises of a closed public house in Portarlington on Good Friday was convicted and fined at last week’s sitting of the Portlaoise District Court.

John Stokes, with an address at Sandyford, Dublin 18, committed the offence at O’Deas Pub, Main Street, Portarlington, on April 18 last year.

Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that it was Good Friday and two males were seen entering the rear of the premises.

Stokes fled the scene, but he was later apprehended a short distance from the pub.

“He had no good reason to be at the rear of the public house,” said Insp Farrelly.

Stokes had four previous convictions, two for public order offences and two for failing to appear in court.

Defence was solicitor, Mr Philip Meagher.

Mr Meagher explained that Stokes had been with his brother-in-law on the day and they both became extremely intoxicated.

The other man stayed put at the pub, but Stokes panicked and fled the scene.

“It was a spur of the moment decision,” said Mr Meagher.

Judge Staines asked whether Stokes had been attempting to break into the pub in search of alcohol.

“His recollection is hazy; he was drinking pints,” said Mr Meagher.

Judge Staines warned Stokes that if he carried on like this he would end up in prison, where he would be no use to his three children. She convicted and fined him €200.