Laois man tried to wrestle garda to ground

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Laois man tried to wrestle garda to ground

A psychiatric report has been requested by the district court judge on a Portlaoise man charged with caused a drunken disturbance in public.

At last week’s sitting of Portlaoise District Court, Philip Gannon (35), 39 Doctor Murphy Place, Portlaoise, was charged with being intoxicated in a public place, and using threatening or abusive behaviour, at Kilminchy, Portlaoise, on October 22 this year.

Sgt JJ Kirby gave evidence that the accused was harassing members of the public outside the pharmacy. When the gardaí arrived they found him drinking beer in a highly intoxicated state.

He was unsteady on his feet and shouting at members of the public, so the gardaí arrested him. He resisted arrest and tried to wrestle a garda to the ground, in the process pulling the garda’s stab vest off.

The accused had 29 previous convictions.

Defence, Ms Louise Troy said the accused is currently residing at the psychiatric unit of Portlaoise hospital and he has very little family support.

Judge Catherine Staines said he causes havoc when he drinks and asked was there a psychiatric report on the accused.

Ms Troy replied that she could try to obtain one.

The matter was put back to March 5 for a psychiatric report.