Row after Halloween party

A Portlaoise man who was fighting with his brother in St Brigid’s estate in Portlaoise narrowly avoided prison last week.

A Portlaoise man who was fighting with his brother in St Brigid’s estate in Portlaoise narrowly avoided prison last week.

John Lewis, 98 St Brigid’s Place, Portlaoise appeared before Portlaoise District Court, last week.

On November 1, this year, Gardai received a report of two men fighting in St Brigid’s at 8.35am in the morning.

The Garda evidence to the court outlined that Lewis was “highly intoxicated” and had “blood coming from his face” when the gardai arrived at the scene.

Inspector Aidan Farrelly said Lewis became abusive to gardai when they made enquiries as to what was going on and he was arrested.

The court heard that Lewis had six previous convictions and two convictions in recent years for public order offences.

The St Brigid’s man had received a 12 month probation in October 2012 for being intoxicated in a public place.

Defending, Philip Meagher, said his client had been at a Halloween Party.

“He had a row with his younger brother. It got out of hand and ended up on the street,” the defending solicitor said.

Mr Meagher handed in a letter to the court from Lewis apologising for his behaviour on the day and claimed that his client hadn’t drank since that incident.

Judge Staines imposed a three month prison sentence on Lewis but suspended it for two years.

“You may think you are just fighting with your brother but it’s in public and people have to look at you fighting,” the Judge said.

She added: “I will make sure you won’t drink for a while.”