A PORTLAOISE man with 118 previous convictions was last week given a suspended sentence for repeatedly drinking alcohol in the street.
Thomas Conroy, 21 Lakeglen, Portlaoise, was out on bail appealing a ten-month sentence for burglary when he committed the latest offences.
Inspector Martin Harrington outlined the facts:
Conroy was observed sipping from an open can of alcohol on the steps of Portlaoise Courthouse on October 26. He was told to desist, but continued to drink.
On November 10, he was observed on Main Street Portlaoise drinking from an open tin and was ordered to desist, but he continued to drink. Later that evening he was again seen drinking from an open tin and was arrested.
Finally on December 3, Conroy was observed at 9.55pm in an intoxicated state on Coote Street, Portlaoise, drinking from an open can. He was told by gardaí to desist but continued drinking and the alcohol had to be taken from him. Three minutes later he was observed drinking again.
Conroy faced charges of disorderly conduct and failure to comply with the direction of the gardaí. He has 118 previous conviction, the latest of which was a charge of burglary for which he received ten months in October.
Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick explained that Conroy was contesting the ten-month sentence, meaning the latest offences were committed while out on bail.
Ms Fitzpatrick said Conroy is an alcoholic and has struggled with a drug addiction.
“He has a debt to pay to society,” Ms Fitzpatrick admitted.
Conroy was given a one-month sentence, suspended for one year on condition that he does not consume alcohol in public.
Conroy also contested a charge of aggravated burglary at 82 Cherrygrove Portlaoise on April 25. That matter was put back to February 7 for a book of evidence.