A Polish national who was abusive to both gardaí and ambulance staff after he drunkenly injured himself falling in the street was last week given a suspended sentence.
Tomasz Bryksa, St Vincent De Paul Hostel, Dublin Road, Carlow, was charged with being intoxicated, using threatening behaviour, and failure to comply, at James Fintan Lalor Avenue, Portlaoise, on March 23.
Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that Bryksa was very intoxicated and falling in front of traffic. He refused to leave the scene and was abusive to gardaí and members of the public who were waiting for a bus, and he was also abusive to ambulance staff who attended after he injured himself falling.
He had 11 previous convictions.
Defence, Mr Philip Meagher said Bryksa had an underlying chronic addiction to alcohol.
“During times when he is abusing alcohol he does act in an inappropriate manner,” admitted Mr Meagher. “He’s ashamed of himself.”
Judge Catherine Staines imposed a three-month sentence, suspended for two years.