Fa­ther-of-five who drank too much avoids prison term

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

A Fa­ther-of-five who drank too much af­ter his grand­mother passed away and be­came ag­gres­sive to­wards mem­bers of the pub­lic and the gar­dai has been given a one month sus­pended prison sen­tence.

Gar­dai were called to St Mcmullen’s Park on the Naul Road in Bal­brig­gan at around 11pm fol­low­ing a dis­tur­bance. It was re­ported Pa­trick Maughan (30) was highly in­tox­i­cated and was ag­gres­sive and shout­ing abuse at peo­ple. When gar­dai ar­rived he con­tin­ued to be ag­gres­sive and shout at gar­dai.

Maughan, who has 21 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for pub­lic or­der of­fences, ad­mit­ted be­ing in­tox­i­cated and us­ing threat­en­ing and abu­sive be­hav­iour on Au­gust 9th. The de­fen­dant, of Matt Lane, Naul has now ac­knowl­edged he has a prob­lem with al­co­hol, his de­fence so­lic­i­tor Fiona D’arcy told Bal­brig­gan District Court.

‘He is cur­rently un­em­ployed but is ac­tively seek­ing work,’ said Ms D’arcy. ‘He lost his grand­mother and drank too much and was a nui­sance. He has made ef­forts to at­tend the garda sta­tion to apol­o­gise. He has now sought help and ac­knowl­edges he has a prob­lem,’ she added.

Judge John Chea­tle noted the de­fen­dant has a num­ber of pre­vi­ous sim­i­lar con­vic­tions.

‘Hope­fully he con­tin­ues with his treat­ment,’ said Judge Chea­tle and im­posed a month’s prison sen­tence which he sus­pended for six months.

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