Man was ‘out of his mind on drink’

A PORTLAOISE man convicted of public order offences has been given a suspended sentence and warned by Judge Catherine Staines to stop drinking.

A PORTLAOISE man convicted of public order offences has been given a suspended sentence and warned by Judge Catherine Staines to stop drinking.

Philip Gannon, 39 Dr Murphy Place, was charged with being intoxicated and using threatening or abusive behaviour in public, at Kilminchy, Portlaoise, on February 19.

Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that Gannon was in a very intoxicated state and lashed out at a garda, but the garda managed to avoid the blow.

Defence, Mr Declan Breen said Gannon is a patient at a psychiatric ward and has been using drink as a crutch. Gannon had left hospital that day on a lot of medication and was “out of his mind on drink”.

Judge Catherine Staines told Gannon he had to stop drinking and she imposed a one-month sentence, suspended for two years.