Portlaoise man was shouting in the street holding a stick

Portlaoise man was shouting in the street holding a stick

A Portlaoise man has been found suitable for community service in lieu of prison for behaving aggressively in a housing estate armed with a stick.

Peter McDonagh (39), Clonroosk View, Portlaoise, was charged with threatening or abusive behaviour, and possession of an offensive weapon.

Garda Conor Egan gave evidence that on May 26, 2017, the gardaí received a report of a fight in a local housing estate and when the gardaí arrived they found the accused with another male, shouting and holding a stick.

The accused had previous convictions, including four public order offences, criminal damage, 17 copyright offences, and offences under the road traffic act.

When the matter first came before the court last November, Judge Catherine Staines imposed 150 hours’ community service in lieu of six months in jail, and the matter was put back to February 8 for a community service report.

At last week’s court the accused was found suitable for community service and Judge Staines imposed the 150 hours’ community service in lieu of six months in jail.