Drunk man had one bottle of vodka in his hand and another one in his coat

A PORTLAOISE man has been given a three-month suspended sentence and ordered to abstain from alcohol, having been convicted of roaring and shouting profanities in the street.

A PORTLAOISE man has been given a three-month suspended sentence and ordered to abstain from alcohol, having been convicted of roaring and shouting profanities in the street.

Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that William McGuire, 2 Maryborough Crescent, had one bottle of vodka in his hand and another in his coat, when he was arrested for his own safety at Rathevan, Portlaoise, on February 17.

McGuire has seven previous convictions.

“This is your eighth conviction for public order offences, you can’t behave like this in public,” said Judge Catherine Staines, suspending his sentence for 12 months on condition he abstain from alcohol.