Portlaoise man was drunk and fighting in the street

Portlaoise man was drunk and fighting in the street

A Portlaoise man has been found suitable for community service having been convicted of fighting in the street after drinking at a family occasion.

Before last week’s Portlaoise District Court was Hugh Nevin (42), with a listed address at Hillview Drive, Portlaoise.

He was charged with intoxication in a public place, and threatening or abusive behaviour.

When the case first came before the court earlier in the year, Sgt JJ Kirby gave evidence that on February 4 this year, at 1.30am, there was a row at Church Street, Portlaoise.

The accused and another male were fighting on the ground, highly intoxicated. Both men had bruising to their face from fighting, said Sgt Kirby.

The accused had ten previous convictions, two for public order matters.

Defence, Mr Philip Meagher admitted this was totally unacceptable behaviour.

Defence said that the accused had been out drinking on a family occasion.

They left the pub and during the walk a row developed among female members of the group and a number of males intervened.

The accused perceived that one man had overstepped the mark and so got involved, said Mr Meagher.

The accused was very intoxicated and abusive, but did calm down.

He was not involved in the instigation of the event, but did get involved, said Mr Meagher.

Defence went on to say that the accused was on medication for depression and anxiety and should not be drinking at all.

“He appreciates the court can’t tolerate this type of behaviour on the streets of Portlaoise,” said Mr Meagher.

Remarking that the only reason the accused was not going to prison that day was that his last conviction was almost ten years ago, Judge Catherine Staines imposed 150 hours’ community service in lieu of six months in jail.

The matter was adjourned to May 17 for a community service report.

When the case returned to last week’s court the accused was found suitable for community service.

In that event, Judge Staines imposed 150 hours in lieu of six months in prison.