Tuesday, September 21, 2021

The last memory a man had after drinking was getting on a train in Dublin and waking up in Portlaoise.

So solicitor Philip Meagher told Judge Catherine Staines at last Thursday’s sitting of Portlaoise District Court, when his client admitted being intoxicated in public and engaging in threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.

Garda Sergeant JJ Kirby said that, at 4pm on 18 July, gardaí responded to a call from Portlaoise train station about a man verbally abusing staff. When they arrived at the scene, the man turned his attention on them and began abusing them too.

The defendant pleaded guilty to the offence.

Mr Meagher said that his 42-year-old client had been in Dublin and had been drinking early that morning and, “the last memory he has is getting onto the train and waking up in Portlaoise.”

Judge Staines convicted the defendant of threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour and fined him €80 and took the other matter into consideration.

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