A Portlaoise man who was abusive to the gardaí after being stopped as a passenger in a car that was searched has been placed on probation.
At last week' sitting of the district court, Adam Keogh, 25, with an address at 37 St Brigid’s Place, Portlaoise, was charged with being intoxicated in a public place, and threatening or abusive behaviour.
Sgt JJ Kirby gave evidence that at 2am on March 8 this year, at Main Street, Portlaoise, the gardaí stopped and searched a car in which the accused was a passenger.
He became aggressive to gardaí and had to be arrested.
He had 21 previous convictions.
Defence, Mr Declan Breen said the accused was extremely intoxicated on the night and had no recollection, but he fully accepted the State’s evidence.
Mr Breen said the accused had been before the court many times and he had a chronic drink problem. The accused had also just the week before been convicted in the circuit court or assault causing harm. This matter has been adjourned to June 19 for a probation report with strict conditions attached, to include that the accused seek treatment for his drink problem.
Judge Catherine Staines said that if he completed the treatment it would provide hope for the accused’s future and for the general public, who would no longer have to put up with his behaviour.
The judge applied the probation act.