Limerick court hears that drunken trespasser 'frightened woman'

Norma Prendiville

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Norma Prendiville

Limerick court hears that drunken trespasser 'frightened woman'

A MAN, who was so drunk he had no recollection of the incident, frightened an Abbeyfeale woman when he came trespassing into her home last October 25.

“He didn’t know where he was going,” solicitor Karen Carmody said, pleading for her client, Thomas O’Brien, St Vincent’s Hostel, Cork.

“He had no intention of harming her or taking anything,” she stated

Earlier the same day, O’Brien had stolen a bottle of vodka from Tesco and drank most of it, the court heard.

Her client was now hoping to get into alcohol treatment, Ms Carmody said.

“He is very apologetic for his behaviour on the day.

“How many times before now has he agreed to go for treatment?” Judge Mary Larkin asked.

“Twice,” Ms Carmody said.

“I have every sympathy for people who have drug or alcohol addiction,” the judge said but she could not ignore a situation where somebody’s peace and quiet in their own home was interfered with.

She convicted O’Brien for trespass, sentencing him to two months imprisonment and took the other charge of theft into account.

Recognizance with leave to appeal was fixed at €250.