Saturday 19 January 2019

First date disaster as drunk urinated on shelves in shop

Evan O’Shaughnessy had no memory of the incident
Evan O’Shaughnessy had no memory of the incident

A young man's first date with a woman he met online ended in disaster when he got drunk and was arrested for urinating on stationery shelves in a shop.

Evan O'Shaughnessy (30) could not admit he was an alcoholic when he agreed to go on the date, "one drink led to another" and he went into a "spiral", a court heard.

Judge Anthony Halpin asked if the accused could not have gone for drinks without having alcohol and fined him €99.

O'Shaughnessy, with an address at The Good Shepherd Centre, Church Lane, Kilkenny, admitted public order offences in Dublin city centre last December 18.

Dublin District Court heard gardai were called to Euro- Giant on Middle Abbey Street on the evening in question after the accused had gone into the shop and urinated on the stationery shelves.

He was highly intoxicated and unaware of his surroundings, a garda sergeant told the court. He was arrested for public intoxication and threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.

Defence solicitor Yvonne Bambury said O'Shaughnessy had been on a dating website where he met a woman.


When they arranged to go out, she wanted to go for a drink and he did not want to admit he was an alcoholic so he agreed, Ms Bambury added.

It had been difficult for O'Shaughnessy to admit he could not have a glass of wine, the solicitor said.

When he did, one drink would lead to another and send him off on a spiral, "which is what it did on this occasion".

He was very ashamed of what subsequently happened on the night and apologised for his actions, which he did not remember.

Judge Halpin asked if the accused had seen the woman again since the night in question. Ms Bambury said he had not, adding: "That was their one and only encounter."

O'Shaughnessy, who was not working, had been dealing with an alcohol problem all his life, she said.

Judge Halpin said "you could go for a drink, even if it was with someone you have met online, and you don't have to drink alcohol".

The court heard the def-endant had been in prison previously and had 200 prior convictions.

Judge Halpin imposed a €99 fine and granted free legal aid in the case after there was no garda objection.

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