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Sunday 26 March 2017

Dad-of-five ignored order not to sleep on garda station bench

Roman Bobowicz has ‘beaten his addiction demons’
Roman Bobowicz has ‘beaten his addiction demons’

A father-of-five was living rough when he was arrested for trying to sleep on a bench in a garda station.

Roman Bobowicz (37) refused to move on when he was confronted by officers. He was also caught with a knife that he said was for his "own protection" in another incident.

Judge David McHugh gave him a six-month suspended sentence at Blanchardstown District Court.

Bobowicz, with an address at Verdemont Apartments, Blanchardstown, pleaded guilty to offences including failing to obey garda directions and possession of a weapon.

The court heard the garda station incident happened on April 7, 2015.

Bobowicz was living rough at the time and tried to sleep on a bench in the station. He disobeyed instructions to leave.

On March 27 that year, he had been caught in possession of a knife at Blanchardstown Road North.

Bobowicz had 12 previous convictions.

Apologised

The accused was from Poland and had worked in London and Ireland, his solicitor Matthew De Courcy said.

He had a chronic heroin addiction at one point but went cold turkey and had "beaten his demons." He was now drug-free and had apologised for the offences.

His children were aged between 11 and 17.

Asked about the accused's psychiatric status, Mr De Courcy said he was not specifically diagnosed.

He asked the judge to be as lenient as he could in the circumstances.

A number of other charges were before the court and Judge McHugh said they were serious.

He said he considered all mitigation that had been put before him to be "spent".

"He is getting a break today," Judge McHugh added.

He suspended the sentence for two years.

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