Man needs help to stop offending, says judge

A man who Judge Catherine Staines said needs help to stop his offending was put on probation for public order offences at last week’s district court.

A man who Judge Catherine Staines said needs help to stop his offending was put on probation for public order offences at last week’s district court.

Des Martyn, formerly of The Cottage, Gash, Castletown, and now with an address at 8 College Court, Mountrath Road, Portlaoise, was charged with being intoxicated and using threatening behaviour, at College Court on September 6 this year.

Inspector John Lawless gave evidence that Martyn was roaring and shouting in the street. He was extremely intoxicated and was a danger to himself and to others.

Defence, Mr Declan Breen said that Martyn has a number of issues, including Asperger Syndrome. Martyn has recently left the care of Tiglin residential treatment and is now in rented accommodation.

“He’s struggled very hard with a drink problem,” said Mr Breen. “He attended Cuan Mhuire and completed a 12-step programme.”

“Clearly, that hasn’t worked,” remarked Judge Staines.

“He’s now drink and drug free, but that was a major slip,” admitted defence.

Mr Breen went on to say that Martyn has now taken up new residence in Portlaoise and is engaging with a number of services for his issues.

Mr Breen explained that the date of the offence had been Martyn’s birthday and he drank to excess, causing distress to the neighbours.

Judge Staines ordered a probation report and adjourned the case.

“I’m aware he’s linked in with the HSE, but clearly he needs help to stop his offending,” she said.

Addressing Martyn directly, the judge said: “You could go to prison for two years, what do you have to start doing? Stop drinking. The last thing this court wants to do is send you to prison. Do you promise to stop drinking?”

Martyn replied that he would.

The matter has now gone back to December 12 for a probation report.