Monday 16 September 2019

Man caused damage in nightclub after drinking 20 shots


A YOUNG Wexford man drank 20 shots on one of two drunken nights over the space of four days that saw him fall foul of the law, the local district court has heard.

Thomas Butler (24), of 39 McClure Meadows, came before Judge Donnchadh O Buachalla charged in respect of incidents on February 11 and 15, 2009. He entered a guilty plea to the charges before the court.

Inspector Pat McDonald said that on February 11, Garda Guinan got a call at 11 p.m. about a man at Rowe Street Church car park, who was drunk, had his shirt off and was staggering in front of traffic.

The Gardai caught up with Butler at Sharkey's chip shop, where he had refused to leave when asked to by the owner. He then also failed to heed Garda Guinan's request to leave the area and became very abusive towards the officers present.

The Gardai were also informed by staff at Renaissance nightclub that, earlier that night, Butler had caused criminal damage to the tune of €200 to hair straighteners which were attached to a toilet wall.

Inspector Pat McDonald said the incident in the nightclub's toilets had been captured on CCTV.

Four days later, Butler was observed in an argument with a female, whom he pushed to the ground, at North Main Street at 1.50 a.m. He was drunk, uncooperative and failed to give Gardai his name and address, leading to his arrest. Once arrested he hit his head off the back window of the patrol car and was abusive towards the officers.

Judge O Buachalla heard that Butler had five previous convictions and had received a suspended sentence in Waterford last July.

Tim Cummings, for Butler, said both incidents happened during a four-day period when his client had split with his partner and was drinking very heavily.

Mr Cummings said Butler has paid €200 to his office, which will be paid to the Gardai to pass on in respect of the criminal damage offence. On that night, Butler drank 20 shots and had a blackout, the court heard.

'His abuse of alcohol caused these difficulties,' said Mr Cummings.

However, he outlined the steps that Butler, who is now back with his partner, has taken to turn his life around. He is engaged in employment with FAS and is undertaking a leisure centre course.

Judge O Buachalla said they were very serious matters and adjourned them until May 17 next, when Butler is due before the court again – to contest a charge of drunken driving at Slaney Street on November 17, 2008.

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