A Mountmellick man who began shouting obscenities in the street after being informed his son had been assaulted has been given community service in lieu of prison.
Michael Tuohy (39), Kirwan Park, Mountmellick, was charged with failure to comply with the direction of the gardaí, and threatening or abusive behaviour.
Sgt JJ Kirby gave evidence that the gardaí were dealing with an incident in Mountmellick on April 3 this year when the accused became very agitated.
He was shouting obscenities and calling people names, before he got into his car, in which his wife was driving, and left the scene.
The accused had 29 previous convictions, seven for public order offences.
Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick, said that the accused, who is married with seven children, had been contacted on the night by the gardaí to inform him his son was involved in an altercation downtown.
He then received a further call to say his son had been assaulted, so his wife drove them down. However he couldn’t find his son and became upset and agitated.
Ms Fitzpatrick said her client was not proud of his actions and had written a letter of apology to the gardaí.
Defence concluded by saying the accused was now doing a course and was hoping this would lead to gainful employment.
Judge Catherine Staines imposed 50 hours’ community service in lieu of one month in prison.
The matter was put back to November 1 for a community service report.