Man was passed out at en­trance to the church

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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.

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