‘Nomad’ must deal with drink problem

Portlaoise courthouse.
A RATHDOWNEY man has been ordered to deal with his drink problem, after he was drunkenly abusive at the garda station.

A RATHDOWNEY man has been ordered to deal with his drink problem, after he was drunkenly abusive at the garda station.

Derek Cooke, 30 Slieve Bloom Heights, Rathdowney, was charged with being intoxicated, using abusive behaviour, and failure to comply with the direction of the gardaí, at Portlaoise Garda Station on June 16.

Inspector Aidan Farrelly told the court that Cooke had been arrested earlier in the evening and then released. Cooke returned to the garda station with a group of people and began ringing the buzzer at the station. He refused to leave and began using bad language and acting agressively toward the gardaí in the public office.

“He was obviously intoxicated,” said Insp Farrelly.

Cooke has over 40 previous convictions, with appearances in a number of courts around the country.

“He’s a bit of a nomad,” admitted defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick.

Judge Catherine Staines ordered Cooke to complete the Athy Alternative Project for his alcohol use, with the matter put back to October 17. He must also abstain from alcohol.