Judge tells man to get help with al­co­hol ad­dic­tion

New Ross Standard - - NEWS -

A NEW Ross man was ad­vised by Judge Miriam Walsh to go and get help with his al­co­hol ad­dic­tion af­ter he ap­peared be­fore the court on a string of charges, most of which were con­nected to his drink­ing.

Jim Con­nors (36) of 55 As­sump­tion Ter­race, New Ross, was brought be­fore the judge in cus­tody and faced a litany of charges in­clud­ing sev­eral counts of pub­lic in­tox­i­ca­tion, drink driv­ing, theft of al­co­hol and a num­ber of mo­tor­ing of­fences. Con­nors pleaded guilty to all of the charges be­fore the court.

The charges be­gan with an in­ci­dent at Bar­rack Lane, New Ross, on April 23 of last year, which saw him charged with driv­ing with­out a li­cence, fail­ing to dis­play ‘L’ plates and driv­ing un­ac­com­pa­nied. For the lat­ter charge he was fined €150 while the other two were taken into con­sid­er­a­tion.

He was also fined €150 for park­ing on dou­ble yel­low lines at South Street on June 3 of last year.

Four counts of pub­lic in­tox­i­ca­tion fol­lowed through­out 2017, one of which saw gar­daí find Con­nors asleep on the green at Ros­ber­con on Oc­to­ber 11. On two of th­ese charges, he was fined €50 while the other two were taken into con­sid­er­a­tion. The drink driv­ing charge dated from an in­ci­dent at School­house Road, Ros­ber­con, on Au­gust 20 of last year. Con­nors was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of drink driv­ing and sub­se­quently gave a read­ing of 33/100 breath, for which Judge Walsh handed him a six-month driv­ing ban and a €200 fine. Aris­ing from the same in­ci­dent, Con­nors was fined €150 for driv­ing with­out a li­cence and €100 for driv­ing with­out ‘L’ plates.

Con­nors faced two charges of theft of al­co­hol from June of this year. On June 20, he stole a bot­tle of Margo Scotch Whiskey val­ued at €18.49 from Lidl in New Ross, while on June 25 he put a bot­tle of Jame­son val­ued at €25 down his trousers and at­tempted to walk out of Tesco New Ross with­out pay­ing. Gar­daí told the court that the goods were re­cov­ered and fit for re­sale.

‘Fit for re­sale?’ the Judge ques­tioned, hav­ing heard the de­fen­dant had one bot­tle down his trousers. ‘ That’d be some pur­chase!’

In re­la­tion to the theft charges, hav­ing heard all the cir­cum­stances and ow­ing to the fact the property was re­cov­ered, Judge Walsh agreed to strike the mat­ters out.

Be­fore the fines were im­posed, so­lic­i­tor Lana Do­herty had in­formed the court that her client was a fa­ther of two young chil­dren and that his trou­ble with al­co­hol had be­gan when he broke his hip a cou­ple of years back.

She said all charges were con­nected with his ad­dic­tion is­sue and that he intended to ad­dress this with the help of his wife who was present in court. She said that Con­nors was try­ing to get into treat­ment and had had a heavy detox while in cus­tody in Clover­hill. ‘What about th­ese as­pi­ra­tions for treat­ment?’ Judge Walsh asked. ‘Pigs might fly as well you know!’

Ms Do­herty then told the Judge that Con­nors was se­ri­ous about seek­ing help. Hav­ing passed Judge­ment, Judge Walsh told Con­nors that he should go and seek help for his ad­dic­tion is­sues. ‘I will Judge, straight away,’ he replied.

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