A Mountmellick man has been given the benefit of the probation act for drinking in the street.
Jason Bergin (20), of 1 Bay Road, Mountmellick, was charged with failure to comply with the gardaí, at O’Connell Square, Mountmellick, on October 2 this year.
Inspector Oliver Baker gave evidence that on October 2, the accused was observed drinking from a pint glass in the street and was told to dispose of it in a safe manner by gardaí, but he refused to leave the scene and continued to drink.
Bergin then went back into a public house before returning to the street, and he refused to leave the scene after being directed twice by the gardaí.
He then went into a chip shop and again refused to leave, before he was eventually arrested.
He had no previous convictions. Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick said her client was a new father who would not have the time or the money to be out on the street drinking.
She said that on the night, CCTV footage showed another male imposing himself on Bergin and the accused pushed the man.
Judge Catherine Staines applied the probation act, section 1.1.