A MAN who threw a cup of tea at a woman during a row in the city centre avoided a prison sentence.
Ger O’Brien, aged 32, formerly of McGarry House, Alphonsus Street pleaded guilty to a number of charges relating to an incident near the junction of O’Connell Street and William Street on July 17, 2014.
Limerick District Court was told gardai on patrol in the city centre were alerted to the incident during which a woman was slapped in the face and had a cup of tea thrown at her.
“There was loud shouting and roaring,” said Inspector Brian O’Donovan, who said the woman, who was known to O’Brien, sustained minor injuries but did not require medical attention.
Judge Aeneas Mccarthy was told the defendant, who has 29 previous convictions, continued to shout and roar despite the intervention of gardai on the day.
Laurence Goucher BL, defending, said his client, who has had problems with drink and drugs in the past “has no clear recollection” of what happened.
He said the incident had been sparked after a relative of his became embroiled in an argument with the woman in the middle of the street.
“He very stupidly became involved,” said Mr Goucher who said his client accepts that he pushed and shoved the woman.
However, he submitted that O’Brien had not deliberately thrown the cup of tea at her and that it was “more of an accident”.
Urging the judge to be lenient, Mr Goucher said his client is currently clean (of drink and drugs) and is making efforts to get his life back on track.
He also pointed out that his client’s most recent conviction dates back to January 2012 and that he has no previous convictions for public order offences.
Judge McCarthy imposed a four month prison sentence for the assault charge, suspending it for two years.
He imposed a two month prison sentence for a separate theft offence, which happened in Guiney’s William Street two weeks earlier.
That sentence was also suspended by the judge who ordered it be served consecutively to the four month sentence if it is ever activated.