12 Aug 2022

Stole alcohol, and was abusive and damaged cars

Stole alcohol, and was abusive and damaged cars

Portlaoise courthouse

An 18-year-old man with a difficult upbringing has been sentenced to prison for stealing alcohol.

At last week's Portlaoise District Court, Darren O’Brien of Carrick, Link Road, Edenderry, was charged with being intoxicated and using threatening or abusive behaviour, at JKL Street, Edenderry; being intoxicated at O’Connell Square, Edenderry; threatening or abusive behaviour at Luigis, JKL Street; and theft of cider to a value of €15, from Lidl, Dublin Road, Edenderry. All these offences were on February 3 this year.

He was also charged with theft of Miller beer from Lidl on February 2.

And he was further charged with being intoxicated and using threatening or abusive behaviour; refusing to give his name and address; two counts of criminal damage; and obstructing a peace officer. All of these offences were at Rushall, Mountrath, on June 13, 2017.

Garda evidence was given that when the accused was charged that morning he replied: “I just want to get it over with.”

The evidence outlined that at 1am on the morning of February 3 this year, the accused was highly intoxicated and arguing with another male. He was directed to leave the scene by gardaí and did so, but was later observed walking in the middle of the road. When the gardaí stopped him he became abusive to them.

On a separate charge, the accused stole cider

And on June 13, 2017, at Rushall, Mountrath, the accused kicked the side mirror of a car causing €150 damage.

Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick said her client had been 17 at the time of the offence in Rushall and he had little recollection of the event.

She said his living arrangements were precarious and he was living with his father in Edenderry in temporary accommodation. He gets social welfare, but some of this was spent on drink, said Ms Fitzpatrick. To a large degree he is on his own, she said.

On the theft charge, Judge Staines imposed three months in prison, with the other charges taken into consideration.

She said the accused was a young man who had a very difficult upbringing, with alcohol featuring throughout his life.

The judge also expressed her hope that the probation services would be able to help him.

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