Probation Act for man ‘scorned’ by woman

Judge David Anderson, sitting in Ballina District Court this week, dealt with a man under the Probation Act in a case he described as “a woman scorned because she did not get alcohol and a man scorned because he did not get the woman”.

Pat Flannery, Inver, Barr na Trá, was in court on public order charges arising out of an incident that occurred on Pearse Street, Ballina at 3.15am on July 25 2009. Garda Niall O’Malley told the court that he received a call to go to an incident that had occurred at Quatro night-club in the town at 3am, and when he went to the area Flannery was pointed out to him by members of the security staff as possibly the person who was involved in it. He went to speak to Flannery, who was intoxicated at the time, and after a short while Flannery ran off up the street and had to be stopped by another garda. When Garda O’Malley caught up with him, Flannery asked him what the f**k he was arresting him for, and he then arrested Flannery and brought him to the station.

Solicitor for Flannery, Aidan Crowley, told the court that his client had been in Ballina drinking since earlier that evening with a friend after they finished work. He ended up in Quatro night-club that night and ended up talking to a woman who kept asking him to buy here a drink. When he went outside for a cigarette the woman threatened to assault him after she made a complaint that he tried to spike her drink.

Judge David Anderson dealt with the man under the Probation Act telling the court in his judgment that he felt it was a case of “a woman scorned because she did not get alcohol and a man scorned because he did not get the woman”.

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