A man is facing three months in prison unless he convinces Judge Andrew Cody that he has changed his ways.
That’s what the judge told the 28-year-old at Portlaoise District Court last Thursday.
The defendant pleaded guilty to being intoxicated in public and to threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour at Hillview Drive, Portlaoise on 25 August 2021.
The court heard that at 12.10am that morning, gardaí found the defendant asleep in the doorway of a house in the estate. When he was roused, he told gardaí that it was his aunt’s house. He asked gardaí to drive him home, and when they refused, he told them to “f–k off. That’s your job. F–k off, you pr–cks.”
The defendant had eight previous convictions.
Defending solicitor Josephine Fitzpatrick said that her client had visited his aunt on the night in question and wished to “apologise for the way he spoke to the garda in such an awful fashion. He has a letter of apology, which he realises is a bit of cold comfort for the gardaí he insulted”.
Judge Cody said: “Gardaí have enough to be doing without being abused in this way. He’s facing three months in prison if he can’t convince me he’s changing his ways. Gardaí have enough to put up with without this sort of behaviour and telling gardaí that their job is to drive him home.”
He went on to adjourn the case until 9 March.
*Names of defendants in Portlaoise District Court cases are printed in the Laois Nationalist newspaper that is available in your local shop or in our online edition here.