Portlaoise man fell back into his old habits

A PORTLAOISE man who defence said had slipped very badly back into his old ways requested the assistance of the probation service after being convicted of public order offences at last week’s district court.

A PORTLAOISE man who defence said had slipped very badly back into his old ways requested the assistance of the probation service after being convicted of public order offences at last week’s district court.

Daniel Lawless, of 5 Mountain View Square, Portlaoise, was charged with being intoxicated and failing to comply with the direction of the gardaí, at Newpark, Portlaoise, on March 18.

Inspector Martin Harrington gave evidence that the defendant was observed by gardaí at 8.40am in a highly intoxicated state, shouting and roaring. He was directed to leave the scene but failed to do so and was subsequently arrested.

Lawless has four previous convictions.

Defence, Mr Declan Breen said the court was familiar with his client, who suffered from an acute alcohol problem. Mr Breen said Lawless had been drinking heavily the day before the incident, which was St Patrick’s Day, and such was his level of intoxication that he had no recollection at all. Mr Breen explained that Lawless had received treatment for his drinking, but had slipped very badly and gone back to his old ways. He said Lawless had received huge help from the probation service recently and he was asking the servive to become involved in his case again.

The matter was put back to February 2 for a probation report.