Ex-garda wouldn’t listen to sense and made a drunken nuisance of himself at hospital

An ex-garda who made a drunken nuisance of himself at the Midlands Hospital was last week put on probation.

An ex-garda who made a drunken nuisance of himself at the Midlands Hospital was last week put on probation.

Pat Spollen, with an address listed at 2 Laurel Plaza, Market Square, Tullamore, committed the offence at the hospital’s A+E department on November 13 this year.

Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that gardaí were called to the hospital as Spollen was making a nuisance of himself.

Insp Farrelly said Spollen was very intoxicated and wouldn’t listen to common sense. Spollen has since apologised for the incident, the inspector said.

Spollen had 18 previous convictions and Insp Farrelly told the district court that the common factor in the offending was alcohol.

Defence was solicitor, Mr Declan Breen.

Mr Breen explained that Spollen had suffered a serious injury in the early 1990s which resulted in a frontal lobe injuries, and he has experienced difficulties since.

“These difficulties manifest themselves in alcohol abuse,” said Mr Breen.

Mr Breen went on to say that Spollen has to attend hospital twice a year. He had a lot to drink on the day, didn’t feel well, and went to the hospital.

Mr Breen said that Spollen, a retired garda, had since apologised to the hospital staff and the gardaí.

Judge Catherine Staines applied the probation act.