Man was passed out at entrance to the church
A MAN who had been sleeping rough and suffering from alcohol dependance, but is now in transitional housing in a dry house provided by Bray’s Five Loaves, is to liaise with probation services before appearing in court again.
Damien Purcell, formerly of no fixed abode and now in a Bray facility, was arrested on June 22 at the Holy Redeemer after staff phoned Gardaí complaining that a man was passed out at the entrance to the church.
He was also arrested on the Main Street on August 22 for being very drunk and unsteady on his feet.
The court heard that Purcell has been in a vicious circle of drinking and sleeping rough and has now sought the assistance of the Five Loaves homeless charity. He hopes to get out of that rut, his solicitor said, now that he is in a ‘dry’ house and has been there for a number of weeks.
Purcell apologised to the court and the Gardaí for the problems he caused.
He has sought assistance both from the Bray Community Addiction Team and the Living Life Counselling Centre in Bray.
‘It seems that Mr. Purcell’s circumstances have changed now that he has somewhere to live,’ said Judge Murrough Connellan.
‘I would like to bring in the assistance of the probation service at this point.’
The matter was adjourned December 8.