A PORTLAOISE man who broke a shop window while drunk after being ordered to leave an area by gardaí has been put on probation and ordered to pay compensation.
Craig O’Hara, of 4 Wellview Terrace, New Road, Portlaoise, committed the offence at Main Street, Portlaoise, on August 12.
Inspector Martin Harrington gave evidence that a garda patrol observed two males, one of whom was O’Hara, arguing in the street at 2.50am. O’Hara, who was using abusive language, was directed to leave the scene, but when he was passing a shop front he struck the window and broke it.
O’Hara was also charged with the illegal possession of drugs and possession for sale or supply, at his home on August 24. Insp Harrington said that cannabis herb was found in O’Hara’s house and the defendant admitted intending to sell it.
Defence, Mr Declan Breen said his client had been using a lot of cannabis and drinking heavily. Mr Breen explained that his client had a row at home earlier in the day and started drinking, and he did not recall shattering the window.
In relation to the drugs charges, Mr Breen said that O’Hara knew he had to discharge €400 to cover the cost of the window, so he used that as an excuse to sell the drugs.
Mr Breen said that O’Hara had reacted badly to the death of first an uncle and then a friend between March and July of this year, which had led to him drinking heavily. Mr Breen concluded by saying that O’Hara is now clear of all drugs.
Judge Staines ordered a probation report and told O’Hara to attend addiction treatment if advised to by the probation service. She also told him to start saving €20 a week compensation and the matter was put back to February next year.