Intoxicated man asked gardai for lift home

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

AN intoxicated man walked into Kilmallock garda station and demanded that the gardai drive him home as it was their “civic duty”, a court has heard.

AN intoxicated man walked into Kilmallock garda station and demanded that the gardai drive him home as it was their “civic duty”, a court has heard.

Kilmallock court was told that the man who is originally from Kilfinane called into the garda station after a taxi driver dropped him back into the town on realising that he didn’t have the money to pay the fare.

Joseph Noonan, 40, of Cappanagoul, Freemount, Charleville was before the local court charged with engaging in threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour at Kilmallock garda station on February 3 last.

Garda Niall McInerney of Kilfinane garda station told the court that on the date in question at approximately 1am he received a call from Kilmallock garda station that there was a male in the garda station looking for a lift home. The court heard that there were two females in the garda station and his behaviour was “very abrupt”.

Garda McInerney said he went to the garda station and spoke to Noonan who was intoxicated. The court heard that Noonan had earlier hailed a taxi to take him home to Freemount and when the taxi driver learned that he had no money to pay the fare he dropped him back to Kilmallock.

“He decided to make his way to the garda station and started demanding that the gardai drive him home, that it was their civic duty,” said Garda McInerney.

The court heard that Noonan asked Garda McInerney to contact his partner but Garda McInerney said his partner refused to come to collect him when she heard he was intoxicated.

The court heard that Noonan became abusive and Garda McInerney escorted him out of the garda station before he calmed down. Garda McInerney said that Noonan apologised to him before the court hearing.

Solicitor Audrey Browne said her client had a lot to drink on the date in question. “He accepts that what he did was wrong and his behaviour was completely unacceptable,” she said.

Ms Browne said her client has “an obvious problem with drink” and “alcohol is at the root of his problems”.

When Judge Mary Larkin asked what Noonan had done to deal with his alcohol problem, Noonan told the court that he had attended meetings in Mallow.

Garda McInerney told the court that he personally knows Noonan and that without drink “he is one of the nicest people you could meet”.

Noonan told the court that he was “merely asking for a spin home”.

Judge Mary Larkin said if Noonan was 17 years of age she might understand his behaviour.

She recommended that Noonan get help for his alcohol problem. “This kind of conduct cannot be tolerated.  The excuse ‘I was drunk’ just leaves me cold,” she said.

Judge Larkin imposed a fine of €300,