Dispute with wife's family in Portlaoise led to arrest for abusing gardaí

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Dispute with wife's family in Portlaoise led to arrest for abusing gardaí

A Sligo man who was abusive to gardaí after he walked away from a dispute with his wife’s family in Portlaoise has been directed to make a donation to the Garda Benevolent Fund.

At last week’s Portlaoise District Court, Jonathan Sweeney, with an address at 62 Caltragh Crescent, Sligo, was charged with being intoxicated in a public place, and using threatening or abusive behaviour, at Harpurs Lane, Portlaoise, on February 12 last.

Sgt JJ Kirby gave evidence that on February 12 this year, at Harpurs Lanes, Portlaoise, the accused was intoxicated and highly insulting and abusive to the gardaí.

He was arrested and sobered up at the garda station, said Sgt Kirby.

The accused had five previous convictions, for public order, assault and road traffic offences.

Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick said the accused suffered with depression and ADHD and had caused difficulties for the gardaí.

He was visiting locally from Sligo and got into a dispute with relatives of his wife, but when he walked away from this he met the gardaí and didn’t meet the situation well.

Noting that the accused had money for drink, Judge Staines directed him to make a donation to the Garda Benevolent Fund.

“People who suffer with ADHD don’t always react in a good way, but you know you have that and shouldn’t drink,” Judge Staines told the accused, warning him that if he did it again he could go to prison.

The matter was adjourned to June 13 next for a letter of apology and for the accused to pay €300 to the Garda Benevolent Fund.