Portlaoise man fell back into re-offending

A PORTLAOISE man with “a wealth of previous convictions” who faced traffic and drugs offences at last week’s District Court in Portlaoise has been given community service.

A PORTLAOISE man with “a wealth of previous convictions” who faced traffic and drugs offences at last week’s District Court in Portlaoise has been given community service.

Liam Gavin, with an address listed at 12 Abbey Court, Abbeyleix Road, Portlaoise, was charged with driving without a licence or insurance, hit and run, and the unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle, at Lakeside Gardens, Kilminchy, Portlaoise, on November 13 last year.

He was charged with the unlawful possession of drugs at his home on February 25 this year. Inspector Michael Walsh told the court that gardaí acting on a warrant searched Gavin’s home on that date and discovered cannabis herb valued at €20. Gavin admitted that the drug was for his own personal use.

Gavin was also charged with being intoxicated in public and failure to comply with the direction of the gardaí, at Main Street, Portlaoise on April 9.

He has 28 previous convictions. There were also a number of previous charges which were dismissed under a probation bond.

“It’s a wealth of previous convictions,” admitted defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick.

Ms Fitzpatrick said that the court had given him a chance before and applied the probation act, but unfortunately he was not able to sustain himself and he fell back into reoffending. There was an outstanding amount of compensation due in relation to road traffic matters, but he had recently settled a drug debt and would now save €50 a week.

Adjourning the case to October 11, Judge Early imposed 200 hours’ community service in lieu of six months in prison.