Portlaoise man spat in woman's face in neighbours' dispute

Portlaoise man spat in woman's face in neighbours' dispute

A Portlaoise man who spat in a woman’s face during a dispute between neighbours has been sentenced to one month in jail.

At a recent sitting of Portlaoise District Court, Joseph Moore (32), Market Mews, Maryborough Village, Portlaoise, was charged with assault at Maryborough Village on May 24, 2017.

Sgt JJ Kirby gave evidence that there was an altercation between the accused’s partner and another woman, who were neighbours.

The accused intervened and spat in the face of the other woman, said Sgt Kirby.

The accused had 14 previous convictions.

Defence, Mr Barry Fitzgerald said that the accused was remanded in custody on more serious matters and he had no previous convictions for assault.

Mr Fitzgerald admitted this had been a particularly repulsive offence, but said the accused is currently “a model prisoner.”

Defence went on to say that drugs got a grip on the accused and he moved on to cocaine, and at the time of the offence he was in the grip of a major addiction.

There had been a neighbours dispute between the accused partner and another woman and the red mist descended, said defence.

Judge Catherine Staines imposed a one-month sentence.