A Portlaoise man who was found in a drunken state in the street early in the morning wearing a pink dressing gown and waving a large knife at swans in a lake has been given the benefit of the probation act having made a donation to a local animal charity.
“I don’t know what his intentions were towards the swan, but it’s very worrying that he had these implements,” said Judge Catherine Staines, when the case of Jason O’Shea (19), St Brigid’s Place, Portlaoise, first came before her in October last.
The accused was charged at the district court with possession of knives, and being intoxicated in a public place.
The court heard that at 8am on June 16 this year, at the Borris Road in Portlaoise, a man wearing a pink dressing gown was observed waving a large knife at swans in a lake.
When the gardaí arrived on the scene, the accused was seen talking to another man in the street. He was highly intoxicated and when he was searched, a steak knife was found in the pocket of the dressing gown as was a large meat cleaver.
The accused had one previous conviction for which he was given the probation act.
Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick said that her client had an over-reliance on alcohol at the time, due to family matters that he wasn’t handling very well.
Judge Staines directed the accused to donate €300 to Cara Rescue Dogs, who do a lot of work with animals, and put the matter back to December 7.
“If you come before the court again you will go to prison,” Judge Staines warned the accused.
At last week’s court, the accused paid the money and Judge Staines applied the probation act, section 1.1.