Judge highlights effect of alcohol abuse on criminal sytem

At Mullingar District Court Judge Patrick J McMahon has criticized the effect of alcohol abuse on the criminal justice system.

“The courts are jammed every day of the week and Garda time is wasted by people who can’t control alcohol,” he said as he imposed €300 in fines on a 24 -year-old unemployed electrician’s apprentice.

Darren Cannon of 236 Dalton Park pleaded guilty to intoxication and threatening behaviour at Dominick Street, Mullingar in the early hours of August 2 this year.

He was seen by gardaí having a row with his father at 2.30am, during which he was abusive and shouted loudly.

He was advised to leave the scene but did not.

Mr Louis Kiernan said his client, who has one conviction for possession of drugs, was embarrassed by the incident and has since apologized to his father.

The 24-year-old might not be in trouble if he “stayed away from booze”, Judge McMahon said as he fined him €200 for failing to comply with Garda directions and €100 for public intoxication.

A charge of threatening behaviour was taken into consideration and he was given 28 days to pay the fines.


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