An Albanian national seeking asylum status appeared at last week’s district court, charged with giving the gardaí false identification.
Ndricim Kapica, with an address listed at O’Dwyer’s House, Patrick Street, Portarlington, was charged with using a false instrument at Patrick Street, Portarlington, on May 30.
Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that Kapica was observed acting in a suspicious manner and when gardaí approached him, he produced a Lithuanian licence and ID card with a false name and address. At the garda station, he admitted his real name and gave a date of birth of June 27, 1991.
Kapica has one previous conviction, for public order offences.
Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick said her client was an Albanian national who was seeking asylum in Ireland, although there were issues around that. He had used the false documentation to re-enter Ireland in order to see his wife, who is Irish.
Ms Fitzpatrick said that when he was arrested, Kapica made full admissions to the gardaí.
Judge Staines fined Kapica €100.