10 Aug 2022

'Generic crossness with the world' as partner fell over

public order

'Generic crossness with the world' as partner fell over

A man who developed a “generic crossness with the world” after people started laughing when his partner fell over in high heels has been fined for a public order offence.

At last week’s sitting of Portlaoise District Court, Shane O’Donoghue, 27, 1 Coolnanave, Mitchelstown, Co. Cork, was charged with being intoxicated in public, and using threatening or abusive behaviour, at the Cork Road, Durrow, on November 15 last year.

Sgt JJ Kirby said the accused was being abusive to people and he had alcohol consumed. When the gardaí arrived he was very abusive to them and had to be arrested.

The accused had 32 previous convictions.

Defence, Mr Aonghus McCarthy said his client had been at a birthday on the day and his partner, who was wearing high heels, had fallen.

Others present laughed and the accused started roaring and shouting. When the gardaí came along, such was the accused’s agitated state he continued shouting, but he later apologised at the garda station.

Mr McCarthy said the accused had not drunk alcohol since Christmas, as it doesn’t agree with him too well.

Mr McCarthy attributed the incident to “generic crossness with the world” on the part of the accused.

The accused was convicted and fined €100.

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