Man jailed for five months af­ter Tesco as­sault

Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS -

AF­TER hear­ing that drink will put a 49-year-old man be­fore him in an early grave, Judge Cough­lan said, ‘I will tell you where it will put him, in Moun­tjoy.’

He sen­tenced John Ger­ard Mc­Don­agh, 6 Par­adise Place, Drogheda, to five months for as­sault­ing a se­cu­rity guard in a su­per­mar­ket, where staff had re­fused to sell al­co­hol to the de­fen­dant.

This in­ci­dent oc­curred in Tesco, West Street, on 27 Jan­uary, 2017. He punched the se­cu­rity man in the mouth.

Mc­Don­agh was dis­cov­ered in­tox­i­cated by gar­daí, later the same day, and at the garda sta­tion, re­fused to pro­vide a sam­ple.

For that of­fence he was dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for four years, and for hav­ing no in­sur­ance, re­ceived a con­cur­rent ten-year dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

At 5.30pm, on 6 Novem­ber, 2017, of­fi­cers were called to St. Lau­rence’s Drive, where the ac­cused was ver­bally abus­ing fam­ily mem­bers.

He re­fused a di­rec­tion to de­sist.

Mc­Don­agh has 135 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions, all drink re­lated, added his so­lic­i­tor Der­mot Mon­a­han.

Mr. Mon­a­han con­tin­ued his client is from the trav­el­ling com­mu­nity, and a to­tal pest with drink.

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