A HOMELESS man who admitted begging in the city centre to fund his drug habit will avoid a conviction if he makes a donation to charity.
Darren Kavanagh, aged 47, who is living at a hostel in the city, pleaded guilty to a single charge relating to an incident at Little Ellen Street on December 14, last.
Sergeant John Moloney told Limerick District Court the defendant, was arrested at around 2.30pm while sitting on the street outside a restaurant.
He agreed with solicitor Sarah Ryan that her client was not harassing or verbally abusing members of the public at the time and that there is currently a “zero tolerance policy” in place.
Ms Ryan said the defendant, who has no previous convictions, was “trying to get some extra money” on the day as he has a drug problem.
“He generally doesn’t cause a lot of difficulty,” she said adding that he was not hassling anybody or causing a disturbance.
Noting the circumstances of the offence, Judge Marian O’Leary indicated if Mr Kavanagh pays €50 to the court poor box within three months, she will ‘strike out’ the matter leaving him without a conviction