A COUNTY Limerick man who was involved in a street fight in Murroe last year is facing the prospect of having to complete 80 hours of community service.
David Roche, aged 32, of The Oaks, Murroe pleaded guilty, at Limerick Court, to several Public Order offences relating to the incident, which happened in the early hours of April 23, last.
In his evidence, Murroe-based garda Tom McGlinchy told the court that a row between a number of men spilled out of a public house onto the main street of the village around half past midnight.
He said when he arrived at the scene he observed a number of males involved in a fight in the middle of the street.
He said the altercation continued for about ten minutes and that the men returned to the area a few minutes after he told them to leave. Roche pleaded guilty to engaging in “threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with intent to provoke a breach of the peace”, disorderly conduct, being intoxicated in a public place and failing to obey the direction of a garda.
Solicitor John Devane told the court his client, who has a number of serious criminal convictions, regretted his actions and wished to apologise to the gardai, the court and anyone who witnessed the fight. “He has been keeping his head down since and minding his own business,” said Mr Devane.
While agreeing that Roche has not been in trouble with gardai since the incident, Garda McGlinchey said the fight was “a very serious incident” which shocked a lot of people. He said Murroe is a “small quiet village where everyone goes about their business” and that such behaviour is not acceptable.
Judge Eugene O’Kelly agreed saying the defendant “should know how to resolve his difficulties without having to resort to violence”.
He commented that Roche has a “dreadful record” and suggested that “perhaps he can give something back to the community”.
The judge adjourned the case until March 13, next to facilitate an assesment of Roche’s suitability for Community Service.
Three other men, have pleaded not guilty to similar charges relating to the same incident.
Those cases were adjourned bu Judge O’Kelly until May 2, next for hearing.