Probation bond for alcohol offender

A DEFENDANT who admitted to being intoxicated in a public place on four occasions over three days was ordered to enter a probation bond at Kilkenny Court.

A DEFENDANT who admitted to being intoxicated in a public place on four occasions over three days was ordered to enter a probation bond at Kilkenny Court.

Billy Kavanagh, Church Lane pleaded guilty to being intoxicated at The Parade on April 12 and 13 and on Kieran Street on April 13 and 14.

Inspector Joe Carton outlined that gardai had to intervene on four occasions on dates between April 12 and 14 when the defendant was found to be extremely intoxicated and a danger to himself.

Solicitor Michael Lanigan told the court that his client accepted that he was intoxicated and a danger to himself on the dates in question. “He has a long standing alcohol problem but recently had a long period of sobriety. He has an additional problem in that he has an acquired brain injury and accepts that during that week he started to drink. When he drinks he drinks a lot. He is very contrite and he has been working with the probation service and has found independent living accommodation. He was given a yellow card because of this episode and that has caused him to pull back and stop drinking,” added Mr Lanigan.

Judge John Lindsay ordered the defendant enter a probation bond on the condition that he liase with the probation service in relation to alcohol abuse.