Stole two TVs after drinking

The stealing of two televisions and a separate public order incident in which he was so drunk he was vomiting in the street last week resulted in a Portlaoise man receiving community service.

The stealing of two televisions and a separate public order incident in which he was so drunk he was vomiting in the street last week resulted in a Portlaoise man receiving community service.

Before last week’s sitting of Portlaoise District Court was Daniel Lawless, with an address at 5 Mountain View Square, Portlaoise.

He was charged with burglary at 29 Bridle Walk, Kilminchy, Portlaoise, on May 18 this year.

Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that gardaí stopped the defendant and two other males on May 19, and recovered two televisions which had been stolen on May 18.

Inspector Farrelly said there had also been damage caused to the premises from which the items were taken.

Lawless was also charged with being intoxicated, and using threatening or abusive behaviour in public, at Mountain View Square, Portlaoise, on August 16.

Insp Farrelly said that gardaí responded to a call of a public order incident involving a number of men acting in a disorderly manner.

Lawless was unsteady on his feet and was vomiting when the gardaí arrived. He began roaring and shouting obscenities, the inspector said.

Lawless had eight previous convictions.

Defence, Mr Declan Breen admitted that his client had been “running wild” for the past four or five years.

“He was heavily addicted to alcohol and drugs,” said Mr Breen.

In relation to the burglary, Mr Breen said that Lawless and others had gone to the injured party’s apartment and had been drinking all day Saturday before returning on the Sunday.

Mr Breen said that Lawless had no recollection of who was in the apartment, but he had ended up in the company of two men and been caught “with the televisions on the ground between them”.

In relation to the public order charges, Mr Breen said these had been “a product of the difficulties” Lawless had been experiencing.

Judge Catherine Staines imposed 200 hours’ community service in lieu of six months in prison.

The matter was adjourned to November 13 for an up to date probation report on Lawless.