A Portlaoise man convicted of drunkenly kicking a pub door and abusing the staff of a fast food outlet on two separate dates has been given community service in lieu of prison.
Before last week’s district court was John Lawlor (27), Clonroosk View, Portlaoise.
Inspector Oliver Baker gave evidence that on October 15, at 2.15am, the accused was acting in a threatening, abusive and aggressive manner towards the staff of a pizzeria on Main Street, Portlaoise.
He was arrested, but continued to act in a threatening and aggressive manner after arrest.
On October 29, at 00.15am, the accused was detected on Main Street, kicking the door of Sally Gardens pub. He was extremely intoxicated and was being abusive to members of the public.
The accused had 23 previous convictions, including three for public order offences.
Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick said her client’s last public order conviction was back in 2009, and now he was out causing trouble twice in two weeks on the streets of Portlaoise.
She said he wished to apologise, and he had no recollection of the trouble he cause, but he did recollect waking up in the garda station.
Ms Fitzpatrick told the court her client worked two days a week with a haulage company, and he appreciated he was putting his job at risk with his offending.
Judge Catherine Staines told the accused he clearly had a drink problem and asked him what he was going to do about it.
The accused replied he was going to stop drinking.
“You’re very lucky you have employment and you’re putting that all at risk. You wouldn’t like it if your mother encountered people like this,” Judge Staines warned him.
The judge told him to pay €300 compensation, €100 for each of the three staff members in the pizzeria, and write and personally hand in a letter of apology to the staff.
The matter was put back to January 5, for a probation report and community service report, recommending 150 hours’ community service in lieu of three months in prison.