Thursday, October 03, 2019

A MAN described in Waterford District Court as a ‘colourful character’ saw the funny side after Judge Kevin Staunton imposed a €200 fine which must be paid within two months.

Thomas O’Donohue, with an address at Dunmain, Campile, County Wexford, was charged on Tuesday last having been found shirtless while staggering in the middle of the road at Green Street, Waterford on May 23, 2018.

At the time of arrest, Sergeant John Phelan told the court that O’Donohue, who had seven previous convictions (two of which were public order offences), had also used foul language. His most recent conviction was on May 28 for a road traffic matter.

Defending solicitor Hilary Delahunty said O’Donohue had “a slightly rambunctious approach to the world”, adding that he was a “colourful character with a colourful history”.

Citing a “list of ignominies which had been afforded him by life,” Mr Delahunty said his client’s “rather bizarre history” had led to many negative outcomes for O’Donohue. Mr Delahunty’s client was topless at the time of his arrest having been the subject of an alleged assault earlier that same day, the court was told.

Judge Staunton said that O’Donohue’s actions had made a fine an unavoidable imposition on his behalf, adding that there had to be consequences for “making a nuisance” of himself.

Regarding the alleged assault cited by Mr Delahunty, Judge Staunton, recalling a phrase of his father’s, wryly stated: “Maybe he deserved a slap.”

The comment drew audible laughter in the chamber, with O’Donohue himself grinning widely before leaving the chamber with the disposition of a man who hadn’t a care in the world.

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