Athy man punched staff and threw bin

An Athy man who drunkenly attacked a staff member in a Portlaoise fast food outlet before throwing a litter bin at a car was last week sentenced to six months in prison.

Before the district court was Gerry Molloy, of Mount Offaly Street, Athy, charged with assault, threatening behaviour in public, criminal damage, and trespassing on a building. The offences were committed at Supermac’s, James Fintan Lalor Avenue, Portlaoise, on January 17, 2013. Molly also faced a charge of failing to appear in court.

Inspector John Lawless gave evidence that gardaí responded to a call from staff at Supermac’s, about a male dressed in a black jacket who had entered the premises drinking a can of beer. The man, Molloy, was asked to leave but refused to do so and became abusive toward staff.

He then left the premises, but returned through a rear door which the public was not permitted to use. He had no permission to do so, Insp Lawless said.

Molly was again asked to leave, but he began making threats and made attempts to punch a staff member, although the staff member was able to block most of the punches.

Molly then went outside and threw a litter bin at a car, causing €50 of damage.

He had 23 previous convictions, and is now currently serving a sentence which was imposed on January 28 this year.

Defence, Mr Philip Meagher explained that Molloy had been in Portlaoise visiting a friend on the day.

“He has very little recollection of the event, he was very intoxicated,” admitted Mr Meagher, going on to say that Molloy has “a very entrenched difficulty with alcohol”, having grown up in “a house of extreme alcoholism”.

“Time in custody will serve him well and get him out of the loop of drinking, he was in a spiral,” said Mr Meagher.

Judge Catherine Staines imposed a six-month sentence on the criminal damage charge, with the other charges taken into consideration.


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