Attitude to gardaí lands man in jail

Previous convictions and the attitude the gardaí andthe public has led to a Portlaoise man getting a two month spell in jail.

Previous convictions and the attitude the gardaí andthe public has led to a Portlaoise man getting a two month spell in jail.

Paul O’Shea, 37 Oakleaf Place, Portlaoise, appeared before Judge Alan Mitchell at the town’s district court on public order charges

O’ Sheal was charged with being intoxicated and using threatening or abusive behaviour, at Main St, Portlaoise, on June 30.

Inspector Declan Dunne gave evidence that O’Shea was seen in a drunken state outside a fast-food restaurant at 12.45am. He became very aggressive when gardaí spoke to him.

The gardaí returned to the area a few minutes later and found O’Shea shouting and swearing.

“It was a very busy night and there were a lot of people around,” said Insp Dunne.

O’Shea has 27 previous convictions.

Solicitor, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick explained that O’Shea had attended a cousin’s birthday in a hotel on the night and left to get food.

“He has very little recollection,” said defence, adding that O’Shea had himself been the victim of an assault on the night, but he was unaware of this until his friends pointed it out. Ms Fitzpatrick said that her client is on 50ml of methadone a day and is committed to taking his drinking in hand.

Judge Mitchell imposed a two-month sentence, which Ms Fitzpatrick requested be suspended.

“No, not in the circumstances of his previous convictions and his attitude to the gardaí and to others,” replied Judge Mitchell.

O’Shea was also charged with trespass at Cloncannon, Mountmellick, on June 25. He pleaded not guilty, and the matter has now gone back to November 5.