Suspended sentence for breaching barring orders

Norma Prendiville

Reporter:

Norma Prendiville

Judge Mary Larkin told the defendant to 'go home and behave yourself'
A MAN in his sixties who breached a barring order on five different occasions earlier this year was given a three-month suspended sentence at Newcastle West court.

A MAN in his sixties who breached a barring order on five different occasions earlier this year was given a three-month suspended sentence at Newcastle West court.

Simon Brennan, whose address was given in court as 23 Marian Place, Glin pleaded to the charges arising from incidents at 23 Marian Place last July 26 and 28 and on August 2 and 3. Mr Brennan told Judge Mary Larkin he would “go home” to his own place in Main Street, Patrickswell.

“If you come back here, you will be going to jail,” the judge warned him.

Inspector Brian O’Donovan gave details that last July 28, at 12.30 in the morning, gardai were called to 23 Marian Place where Mr Brennan had breached a barring order. He was arrested. On July 26, Mr Brennan had also entered the house but had left when the gardai arrived. On August 2, about 7.20pm, Mr Brennan was at the house and refused to leave. He was very abusive to the injured part, the inspector said but by the time the gardai arrived, Mr Brennan had left. At 10pm that same night, Mr Brennan returned to the house in Marian Place, banging on the door and being very abusive, Inspt O’Donovan said. On August 3, about 4am, Mr Brennan arrived outside 23 Marian Place and attempted to get in, by banging down the door. He was arrested by gardai on that occasion. Pleading for her client, solicitor Julie Ann Kiely said the injured party and Mr Brennan had been in a relationship for about 40 years. “I think he found it very difficult at the breakdown of the relationship,” she said. “He accepts and now understands the situation.”

She expressed her belief that on one occasion there had been an invitation to attend the house but added that the barring order excluded him from the premises. Her client had been in custody since August 5, Ms Kiely said, and his period in custody had given him plenty of time to reflect on the matter. “He accepts he shouldn’t have attended the premises,” she continued. He had no previous convictions, she added, and lives in Main Street, Patrickswell.

“Go home and behave yourself,” Judge Larkin said, imposing a three-month jail sentence suspended for 12 months. Leave to appeal was fixed.