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