Man who ran topless and brandishing knife in County Limerick town was 'intoxicated'

Maria Flannery

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Maria Flannery

The man ran through a Rathkeale street, topless and brandishing a knife, a court heard

The man ran through a Rathkeale street, topless and brandishing a knife, a court heard

A MAN who ran through a street of a County Limerick town, topless and brandishing a knife, was “highly intoxicated” after having had a disagreement with his girlfriend, a court has heard.

Tomas Mackevicius, a Lithuanian national who has an address at Keogh’s Flats, Thomas Street, Rathkeale, was involved in the public order incident in the town on September 24, 2017.

Gardai responded to reports of a male with no top on, waving a knife at Thomas Street in Rathkeale. Newcastle West court heard that the man was highly intoxicated and was arrested immediately.

The 24-year-old defendant has been in Ireland for three years. His solicitor, Michael O’Donnell, said that he had been living with his girlfriend and had a disagreement.

Explaining why the man had a knife in his pocket, Mr O’Donnell said that he had intentions of self-harm.

He is working part-time in Croom, the court heard. Mr O’Donnell said that the man was “placid” when gardai arrived on the scene. He has not come to much garda attention since the incident, and has no previous public order convictions.

Judge Mary Larkin imposed a fine of €250 with three months to pay for the public order charge, and added a fine of €50 for failing to appear in court.