Jail for Portlaoise man who assaulted man over pizza

A PORTLAOISE man with 77 previous convictions has been given two jail sentences having been convicted of numerous offences, including driving without insurance and assaulting a man outside a local pizzeria.

A PORTLAOISE man with 77 previous convictions has been given two jail sentences having been convicted of numerous offences, including driving without insurance and assaulting a man outside a local pizzeria.

Sean Coss, with addresses listed at 3 Lake Drive, Kilminchy, Portlaoise, and 10 St Anthony’s Terrace, Knocknaheeny, Cork, appeared in custody at last week’s district court, charged with assault at the Top Sq, Portlaoise, on December 1 last year.

Inspector Declan Dunne gave evidence that Coss attempted to take a pizza away from a man outside a pizzeria at 2.50am. The injured party was punched and knocked to the ground.

Coss was also charged with theft from Aldi, Main Street, Portarlington, on April 9 this year, and two counts of threatening or abusive behaviour in public on the same date, at Ballymorris Manor, Port, and Kilnacourt Woods, Port.

Inspector Dunne said that Coss was acting in a threatening manner in Kilnacourt Woods at 4.15pm on the day and was ordered to desist by gardaí. Coss then went to Aldi and stole goods. He was later approached by gardaí at Ballymorris Manor and again became aggressive and resisted arrest.

There was a further charge of driving without proper documentation on July 30 last year, and handling stolen property on March 15 last year.

The inspector said that among Coss’ 77 previous convictions are six for no insurance and 12 assaults.

Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick admitted that her client, who is just 22, had amassed a huge number of previous convictions and his “lifestyle is very precarious”.

In relation to the assault, defence said that Coss accepted he had caused the injured party difficulty on the night, but words had been exchanged.

In relation to the charges in Portarlington on April 9, Ms Fitzpatrick said that Coss’s brother was being questioned by the gardaí at the time and Coss got agitated toward the officers.

Judge Catherine Staines imposed a six-month sentence for the assault and six months for the no insurance.

Coss was further charged at last week’s court with burglary from The Knackery, Kyletalesha, between January 11 and January 12 this year. Garda Tara Reddin gave evidence that when charged, Coss replied, “I didn’t do it; I was forced to say that I did.”

This matter has gone back to June 19.