Bench warrant for Portlaoise man who dropped his trousers at the gardaí

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Bench warrant for Portlaoise man who dropped his trousers at the gardaí

A bench warrant was issued for the arrest of a 32-year-old man who dropped his trousers in the street and abused the gardaí, after he failed to turn up in court last week having been found unsuitable for community service.

Dara Kearns (32), The Hermitage, Borris Road, Portlaoise, was charged with threatening or abusive behaviour, and failure to comply with the directions of the gardaí.

When the case first came before the district court in September, Sgt JJ Kirby gave evidence that on July 9 this year, at Jessop Street, Portlaoise, the accused was verbally abusive to the gardaí and dropped his trousers.

Pepper spray had to be deployed and the accused was arrested.

The accused had 29 previous convictions, five for public order offences and 22 road traffic matters.

Asked Judge Catherine Staines: “Why did you feel the need to take your trousers down?”

Replied the accused: “I was drunk.”

He told the court he had drank eight to ten pints on the night.

Telling the accused he needed to grow up and stop drinking, Judge Staines put the matter back to November 8 for a community service report, recommending 100 hours’ community service in lieu of three months in jail. The accused was also directed to pay €100 compensation.

When the case returned to court last week, the accused failed to turn up.

A report on the accused indicated he was unsuitable for community service.

A bench warrant was issued for his arrest.