Prison for man involved in row at family wake

A man with 49 previous convictions who breached a suspended sentence by being involved in a row at a family wake was last week sentenced to three months in prison.

Judge Catherine Staines said that she had “bent over backwards” in trying not to send Christopher Nevin, formerly of Portlaoise but now living in Mullingar, to prison, but due to his record and the latest breach she had to impose the sentence.

The offence occurred in Grange Place, Mullingar, in December last year, with Nevin pleading guilty at Mullingar District Court on January 9. As he was in breach of a suspended sentence imposed against him last June, Nevin was sent back to Portlaoise District Court for Judge Staines to deal with the suspended sentence.

At last week’s court, defence for Nevin, Mr Philip Meagher admitted his client should not be appearing before Judge Staines again. He said that Nevin had been invited to a wake, but unfortunately people from outside the family who had a difficulty with Nevin had arrived and forced their way in.

Mr Meagher said that the gardaí had been notified by someone in the house who had concerns for Nevin’s safety. Nevin had ended up outside the house, and gardaí found him involved in an incident when they arrived.

“He had some drink taken,” said Mr Meagher.

Judge Staines noted that Nevin had 49 previous convictions and had previously been given community service, fines and a suspended sentence.

“I’ve bent over backwards not to put him prison,” said the judge.

Judge Staines imposed a three-month sentence. Nevin was remanded in custody, to Mullingar District Court on January 23.


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