15 Aug 2022

Shouting at ex in Mountmellick to let him into the house

Shouting at ex in Mountmellick to let him into the house

A man who over indulged on drink and cocaine and then next morning drank vodka becoming absolutely intoxicated had to be handcuffed and arrested following a disturbance outside his ex-girlfriend’s house.

Cathal Leonard (26), Mohill House, Killurin, Tullamore, was charged with being intoxicated in public, and threatening or abusive behaviour, at College Avenue, Mountmellick, and drug possession, at Portlaoise Garda Station.

Inspector Ollie Baker gave evidence that on April 10 this year, the gardaí attended the scene of a public order disturbance at College Avenue, Mountmellick, where the accused was shouting at his ex-girlfriend. He was extremely intoxicated and became aggressive when encountered by the gardaí and had to be handcuffed.

At the garda station he was searched and €20 of cannabis was found on him, which was for his own use.

The accused had ten previous convictions.

Defence, Mr Declan Breen said his client had a serious drink and drug addiction.

The night before the offence the accused over ingested drink and cocaine and then the next morning he drank vodka and was absolutely intoxicated.

He left the house with his ex-partner in it and was outside shouting at her to let him in.

Defence went on to say that the accused had spent a short period of time in the psychiatric unit of the hospital and since the offence he hasn’t consumed drink or drugs and is linked in with drug services in Tullamore.

Judge Flann Brennan adjourned the case to September 6 next for a probation report.

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