Portlaoise man put on probation

A PORTLAOISE man with 46 previous convictions who failed to keep his appointment with community services has been put on probation.

A PORTLAOISE man with 46 previous convictions who failed to keep his appointment with community services has been put on probation.

Hugh Nevin, 9 Oak Park, Portlaoise, was given 200 hours’ community service in lieu of six months in prison for burglary, at the January 12 sitting of the District Court.

At the recent Circuit Court, defence barrister, Ms Geraldine Fitzpatrick said her client had failed to attend his appointment as he was experiencing marriage difficulties and has been up and down between Laois and Cork.

Ms Fitzpatrick said the letter from community services about the appointment had gone to the wrong address and she asked Judge Tony Hunt to allow her client to engage with the service.

State solicitor, Mr Donal Dunne said there were garda reservations to Nevin’s appeal, as he has come to adverse attention since. The court heard from Garda Sgt James Phelan that Nevin was in the Cork court in February on public order charges and there are a large number of road traffic offences in his 46 previous convictions.

“Another man who thinks the rules of the road only apply to other people,” remarked Judge Hunt.

The matter was put back to October 26 for an up-to-date probation report.