A man ejected from a train for being drunkenly abusive to other passengers appeared before the recent sitting of Portlaoise District Court on a public order charge.
Paul McCarthy, with an address listed at 7 Elm Mount Lawn, Beaumont, Dublin 9, was charged with being intoxicated at the Portlaoise Railway Station, on May 9 this year. He was also charged with failing to appear in the Criminal Courts of Justice on the same date.
Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that McCarthy was ejected from the train for being abusive to other passengers. He was highly intoxicated, the inspector said, and there was a bench warrant out for his arrest.
Defence, Mr Declan Breen explained that McCarthy had been travelling from Dublin to Cork with a housemate. The housemate was suffering from a terminal illness and was attending with a doctor in Cork, Mr Breen said.
“He was stressed out and there was drink involved,” said Mr Breen, adding that McCarthy has “an addiction background”.
McCarthy was convicted and fined €200.