Fined €100 euro for demanding a bed

A THIRTY-NINE YEAR OLD MAN who arrived in Kilkenny Garda station demanding that they give him somewhere to stay for the night has been fined 100 euro

A THIRTY-NINE YEAR OLD MAN who arrived in Kilkenny Garda station demanding that they give him somewhere to stay for the night has been fined 100 euro

Francis Tobin, a part time musician with an address at 136 Burrin Manor, Tullow Road, Carlow arrived at Kilkenny Garda station on May 1 and told Gardai that it was their duty to provide him with some place to stay because it was cold.

Solicitor, Michael Lanigan said that Mr Tobin had been playing a gig on the night in question and had consumed a number of drinks after the performance and found himself with nowhere to stay. He had made his way to the Garda station in the hope of securing a bed.

Mr Tobin had become abusive towards Gardai and was ordered to leave the Garda station. He briefly left and stood outside the station but soon returned. He was arrested by officers under section 8 of the Criminal Justice Act, failure to comply with direction of a member of an Gardai Siochana and received a nights accommodation in the Garda station. Mr Tobin apologised to officers in the morning.

Judge David Anderson fined the defendant 100 euro and said that failure to pay within three months would result in five more days “accommodation”.