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Wednesday 25 April 2018

No more booze for man who abused gardai

James Heraghty was sober for three years until break-up
James Heraghty was sober for three years until break-up

A MAN who turned to alcohol after his relationship with his girlfriend broke up was found shirtless and shouting abuse at members of the public and gardai, a court has heard.

James Heraghty (53) was on Bridge Street, Balbriggan, on a July evening last year when gardai received reports that he was highly intoxicated, verbally abusive and not wearing a shirt.

He had to be taken to the ground by gardai as he resisted arrest, Balbriggan District Court was told.

The defendant had previously battled an addiction to alcohol but had been sober for three years.

Heraghty, of Darcystown, Balrothery, pleaded guilty to being intoxicated, using threatening and abusive behaviour and obstructing gardai on Bridge Street, Balbriggan, last July 17.

Sober

Judge Dermot Dempsey ordered Heraghty to complete 240 hours of community service in lieu of four months in prison after he was deemed suitable for the work by the Probation Service.

The court heard that the defendant had 72 previous convictions, including 26 for public order offences, 11 for assault, three for criminal damage and one for violent behaviour.

He had been sober for three years up until this incident, defence solicitor Mary Arnold said.

"On the day, his relationship with his girlfriend had broken up and he couldn't cope," said Ms Arnold.

"He was shouting and being abusive on the day. He did intend on going home but he went into a bookie's instead."

Ms Arnold said the defendant was willing to do community service.

She added that Heraghty was attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and did not intend on drinking alcohol again.

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