Drunken youth threw screwdriver

A WEXFORD youth who was drinking with friends in John Sweeney Park in Carlow when he threw a screwdriver at the gardaí was handed down two months detention at Carlow District Court.

19-year-old Paddy Connors who gave an address of Rosemount, Drinagh, Wexford, was given two months detention for threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour at John Sweeney Park on May 11 last and was fined €90 for being drunk in public.

Judge William Harnett said his patience was wearing thin with the defendant as three bench warrants had to be issued for his arrest.

Garda Francis Ryan said that after responding to a call reporting a number of youths who were drinking in the estate, he 'observed Connors throwing a screwdriver at the garda dealing with the case'. A chase ensued on foot before Garda Ryan arrested the defendant. Solicitor Michelle Treacy said her client, who has 34 previous convictions, doesn't have an vivid recollection of the event and he apologised for his actions.

In relation to the warrants she said he goes out to sea for extended periods fishing. 'He is engaging with alcohol addiction treatment and has signed up for a FAS course.' the court for his behaviour.

He was given the benefit of the probation act on an undertaking to make a donation of €250 to the Garda Benevolent Fund.

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