A Hungarian national who got bad news about a work colleague got so drunk he was found lying in the street and had to be brought home by the gardaí, where he subsequently came to and wrapped himself around a garda causing the officer to fall to the ground.
Before last week’s district court was Peter Horvath, Upper Main Street, Abbeyleix, charged with being intoxicated, obstructing a peace officer, and possession of knives, at Main Street, Abbeyleix, on April 1 last year.
Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that Horvath was found lying on the public road in a very intoxicated state and was brought home for his own safety. He subsequently came to at home and in a very inebriated state wrapped himself around a Garda Ryan, causing Garda Ryan to fall. The garda had to radio for assistance, the inspector said.
After being brought to the garda station, Horvath was found to have a knife on him. He told the gardaí he had drunk a litre of vodka and four cans, and claimed he could not recall the incident.
Defence, Ms Anne Manning said that Horvath was a pizza chef who had received bad news about a work colleague. She said he went on to drink “a crazy amount of alcohol” and could not remember what happened. Ms Manning explained that the knife found on him was one he used for work, to open boxes and cartons in the fast food outlet.
Judge Catherine Staines imposed 150 hours’ community service in lieu of three months in prison.
The matter was put back to April 16, for Horvath to have €300 compensation for Garda Ryan.