Thursday 17 October 2019

Man Soiled his cell while in custody


AN ENNISCORTHY man described by his solicitor as 'a regular offender' was warned to take steps to curb his alcoholic tendencies by Judge William Early last week.

The District Court dealt with the prosecution of Mark Dwyer (30) from 2 Villa Rose, Enniscorthy for criminal damage, theft and public order offences.

There was no sign of Dwyer when his case was first called and Garda Inspector Pat Cody successfully applied for a bench warrant. However, Dwyer belatedly arrived and the matter was recalled by court clerk Phyllis Sinnott.

The court heard that the accused was arrested on the evening of September 27 after he was found intoxicated and shouting loudly near the Health Centre in Enniscorthy. In custody, he soiled his cell to the extent that it cost €100 to clean up the mess after he smeared his faeces on the walls.

The same individual took a €6 box of condoms from Dunnes Stores without paying on February 22 last. The property was recovered.

Garda Inspector Pat Cody had details of more than 30 previous convictions, most of them for being drunk in public. Solicitor John O'Leary blamed his client's errant behaviour in part on the after effects of a head injury sustained in a cycling accident when Dwyer was nine years old.

The effects included increased aggression after consumption of alcohol. Mr. O'Leary felt that the arrival of a son, now one year old, and the efforts of a partner were stabilising influences on the defendant's life.

Judge William Early wanted steps taken to deal with the alcohol problem and he also wanted Dwyer, unemployed, to pay the €100 due for cleaning the cell. The accused was told that jail was his alternative to greater sobriety.

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