Jail for post-traumatic stress sufferer

A FINGLAS man living in Portarlington, who had post traumatic stress disorder, was sentenced to a month in prison at last Thursday’s Portlaoise District Court.

A FINGLAS man living in Portarlington, who had post traumatic stress disorder, was sentenced to a month in prison at last Thursday’s Portlaoise District Court.

Kenneth Roche aged 22, of 24 The Oaks, Kilnacourt, Portarlington, was found guilty of being threatening and abusive, and intoxicated in a public place, after he was ejected from Egan’s Nite Club in Portlaoise.

Since the incident, he has begun serving a prison sentence in Mountjoy jail, and has four previous convictions.

Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that Garda Paul Dooley was called to the scene at 2am on the morning of October 15 last.

“The defendant had been ejected from Egan’s, he was very intoxicated.

“The Gardaí told him to desist and leave, but he failed to do so, and tried to start a row with other people,” Inspt Farrelly said.

Defence for Roche agreed that his client “continued to make a nuisance of himself” on the night.

“He did have too much to drink, he puts his hand up,” he said, explaining the difficulties Roche has had in life.

“In 2006 he lost both brothers in the space of eight months, to tragic circumstances. This had a profound effect, he became depressed and developed post traumatic stress disorder. He self medicated through alcohol. He is under the care of a clinical psychologist at a health care centre in Finglas,” he said.

Judge Staines handed down the one month sentence, which Roche will face while finishing out his current prison term.

“I am not going to extend his sentence,” she said.

She was then asked by Roche to endorse his request to be moved to Portlaoise Prison, so that his girlfriend in Portarlington could more easily visit him.

“I have no power, you will have to talk to the governer. I will write but it won’t make any difference,” she said.