A CONSTRUCTION worker who pleaded guilty to a number of public order offences has claimed his drink was spiked with a date-rape drug on the night of the incident.
Christopher O’Sullivan, aged 24, who has an address at Palmerstown in Dublin pleaded guilty to engaging in “threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with intent to provoke a breach of the peace” at Garryowen Road on April 22, last.
He also pleaded guilty to obstructing a police officer and to being intoxicated in a public place on the same date.
At Limerick Court, Insp Seamus Ruane said the defendant was arrested when gardai responded to reports of an intruder at a house in the area.
He said the defendant, who was inside the house when they arrived was abusive and aggressive and “kicked out at gardai” as they tried to place handcuffs on him.
He added that he also refused to give his name and address to gardai following his arrest.
Solicitor Tom Kiely, said his client was in Limerick at the time as he was working on the renovation works at John’s Square.
He told Judge Aingeal Ni Chonduin his client had “no memory whatsoever” of the incident as he believes his drink was spiked.
Mr Kiely said the first his client knew of the incident was when he woke up at Henry Street garda station.
The court heard that O’Sullivan was so concerned about what happened that he went to see a doctor the following day and that urine samples showed the presence of rohypnol leading him to believe his drink had been spiked when he was at a pub the previous evening.
Mr Kiely said his client had been socialising with a colleague the previous night and that he was “fully apologetic and embarrassed” about what happened.
“He has no excuse, he can’t understand his behaviour but he is not in a position to dispute what happened,” he said adding that the incident was “totally out of character”.
After hearing details of the offence, Judge Ni Chonduin fined the defendant a total of €700 saying “drink doesn’t suit him”.
Leave to appeal the severity of the fines was granted.