Baton drawn after man ‘took umbrage’

Portlaoise courthouse.

Portlaoise courthouse.

A defendant took exception when gardai suggested a motorbike in his possession was stolen, last week’s sitting of Portlaoise District Court heard.

Paul O’Shea, aged 28, of 37 Oakleaf Place, Portlaoise was before the court charged with threatening/abusive/insulting behaviour at Knockmay, Portlaoise on August 14 last.

Prosecution evidence outlined that when a garda raised the matter with the defendant, he threatened the garda, who had to draw his baton to defend himself.

Defence solicitor Josephine Fitzpatrick said gardai had initially accused the defendant of stealing the motorbike and driving without insurance.

“He took umbrage to the claim that it was stolen by him,” she said.

“The motorbike was stolen but he is not charged in connection with that,” Ms Fitzpatrick pointed out.

She added that the defendant had other matters due before the court at a later date.

Judge Catherine Staines imposed a fine of €100 on the defendant.




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