‘Semi naked’ man banned from Limerick hotel

Simon Casey was semi naked in hotel lobby

Simon Casey was semi naked in hotel lobby


A SOUTHILL man who partially undressed himself at a city centre hotel has been ordered to stay away from the premises for the next twelve months.

Simon Casey, aged 33, of Clonlong Halting site pleaded guilty to public order offences relating to an incident at the hotel earlier this month.

One of the charges was that he used “threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour”.

Limerick Court was told gardai were called to the Absolute Hotel at around 5.40pm on March 2, last after they received a complaint from hotel management about a “semi-naked” man who was causing a disturbance in the main lobby of the hotel.

Sergeant Donal Cronin said when gardai arrived at the hotel the defendant was lying on the ground in a public area of the hotel.

He said he was unable to stand up due to his state of intoxication.

Sgt Cronin added that the defendant, who has 26 previous convictions, became very abusive and aggressive towards gardai when they tried to remove him from the hotel.

Solicitor John Devane said his client had been at the hotel with members of his family but that he cannot remember what happened as he had “blacked out”.

Mr Devane said Mr Casey, who is married with a young family, accepts he should not have been in such a state of undress on the day and he added that “it has been a very embarrassing time for him”.

Mr Devane said his client has a “chronic problem with drink” and he told the court “his drinking is not being managed as well as it should be”.

Imposing sentence, this Tuesday, Judge Eugene O’Kelly noted that Mr Casey had been late arriving in court as he had been “celebrating” the St Patrick’s Day festivities the previous night.

He said the defendant has to take responsibility for his drinking and he said such behaviour was “not fair” to hotels which are trying to run their businesses and attract tourists and visitors to the city.

The judge imposed a two-month prison sentence on Mr Casey, which he suspended for 12 months on condition he stays out of trouble during that time

The judge also ordered him to stay away from the Absolute Hotel for the next year and he said he was giving the State permission to inform management at the hotel of his order.

A charge of being “intoxicated to such an extent as would give rise to a reasonable apprehension that he might endanger himself or any other person” was taken into consideration.


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