Compensation and letter of apology from Mountrath man for neighbours’ dispute

A Mountrath man was last week ordered to pay compensation to his neighbour following a drunken dispute.

A Mountrath man was last week ordered to pay compensation to his neighbour following a drunken dispute.

Before the district court was Fintan Phelan, with an address at Shannon Street, Mountrath.

He was charged with being intoxicated, and using threatening or abusive behaviour, at Kiln Lane, Mountrath, on June 15 this year.

Inspector Aidan Farrelly told the court that the incident arose out of a neighbours’ dispute. Phelan was trying to get into a house party and on two occasions the gardaí were called and asked him to leave.

Defence, Mr Philip Meagher admitted that Phelan had been a complete nuisance on the night, as he had a lot of drink taken.

Mr Meagher said his client had been in the house and he took umbrage when he was asked to go home.

“They would be friends, in the normal way,” said Mr Meagher.

Defence went on to say that Phelan had been an alcoholic and spent three months seeking treatment. He suffered a relapse in June of this year, but is now attending Coote Street in Portlaoise for his addiction.

“He intends to stay off drink,” said Mr Meagher.

Judge Staines ordered Phelan to write a letter of apology and pay €50 compensation, which he did before the end of court.

Judge Staines applied the probation act.