Man gets two months for being drunk and abusive
Blanchardstown district court
A MAN who was drunk and shouting abuse at his family from the road in his estate has been sentenced to two months in prison.
Robert Ellis (24) was directed to leave the area twice by gardai but refused to do so.
He then pushed a family member away when they tried to calm him down.
Ellis, of Neilstown Drive, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty at Blanchardstown District Court to using threatening and abusive behaviour and being intoxicated outside his home last January 11.
He has 32 previous convictions, 20 of which are for similar to this offence.
Gda Tadgh Harnett gave evidence that he received a call to attend Neilstown Drive just after midnight.
He said Ellis was highly intoxicated and abusive.
"He was standing on the road, shouting abuse at his family, who were in the house," said Gda Harnett.
"When he refused to leave the area after he was directed to do so twice, he was arrested."
Before being arrested, Ellis had pushed a family member away.
Defence solicitor John O'Doherty said Ellis has had a long-standing problem with alcohol and cannabis.
"He is now cannabis-free," said Mr O'Doherty, adding that Ellis is in a stable relationship and his partner is four months pregnant.
"He knows he is at risk with his previous convictions and asks not to impose a custodial sentence."
Judge David McHugh said he was left with no other option but to put Ellis in prison and sentenced him to two months for using threatening and abusive behaviour.
He took the charge of being intoxicated into consideration and fixed recognisances in the event of an appeal.