Ardee man be­came ag­gres­sive to gar­dai

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS -

AN AL­CO­HOLIC who was ar­rested af­ter he re­fused to stop drink­ing out­side a Drogheda Church and then be­came abu­sive to­wards gar­dai call­ing them un­savoury names has been given fur­ther time to come up with money as a char­i­ta­ble do­na­tion.

Paul Reilly (46) was pre­vi­ously or­dered by Judge John Cough­lan to bring €300 with him to court - if he wanted to avoid a con­vic­tion.

How­ever, his solic­i­tor Der­mot Mon­a­han said the de­fen­dant was “only able to come up with €100.”

Judge Alan Mitchell agreed to ad­journ the case un­til De­cem­ber 14 for the de­fen­dant to come up with the bal­ance of €200.

Drogheda Dis­trict Court pre­vi­ously heard the de­fen­dant was on the steps of St Peter’s Church in the town at 12.20pm. When gar­dai ap­proached him and asked him to stop drink­ing. He was also asked to leave the area but came back and con­tin­ued drink­ing.

“He was then ar­rested and be­came abu­sive to­wards gar­dai, call­ing them un­savoury names,” Sergeant Ray Brady told the court.

The de­fen­dant, of Fer­dia Park in Ardee pleaded guilty to be­ing in­tox­i­cated, us­ing threat­en­ing and abu­sive be­hav­iour and fail­ing to com­ply with garda di­rec­tion at St Peter’s Church on June 11.

Mr Mon­a­han said the de­fen­dant, who is an al­co­holic with a “sig­nif­i­cant al­co­hol prob­lem” is linked in with the Red Door Pro­ject.

“When he is sober you won’t meet a nicer fella,” said Mr Mon­a­han, “But when he drinks al­co­hol he doesn’t think clearly or act in an ap­pro­pri­ate way.”

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