Jail term for Limerick man following courtroom outbursts

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

The man had to be physically removed from Limerick District Court after he became disruptive

The man had to be physically removed from Limerick District Court after he became disruptive

A MAN who had to be physically removed from Limerick District Court after he became disruptive has been jailed for a month.

Graham Kelly, aged 34, who has an address at Byrne Avenue, Prospect pleaded guilty to public order charges relating to offences which occurred on two separate dates earlier this month.

Sergeant John Moloney said the defendant was very intoxicated when he arrived at courtroom 6 at The Courthouse, Mulgrave Street on the morning of April 18.

“He started shouting and roaring at the judge, he was physically abusive towards gardai and he had to be removed from the courtroom,” he said, adding that Mr Kelly had no reason to be in court on the day.

Sgt Moloney said there were similar scenes at Limerick District Court two days later when the defendant arrived in an intoxicated state.

Again he was disruptive while in the body of the court and had to be physically removed from the courtroom by gardai.

However, he returned a short time later and despite being asked to leave again he came back a third time – resulting in his arrest.

Solicitor John Herbert said his client has an issue with alcohol and told the court he wished to apologise for his actions on both days.

He said Mr Kelly is “impossible to deal with” when he drinks and that there was no explanation as to why he behaved the way he did.

He added that his client had sustained serious injuries when he was assaulted a number of years ago.

Imposing a one month prison sentence, Judge Marian O’Leary commented the language of the defendant on both days had been “dreadful”.

She noted there was no reason for for him to have been in court on either day.

The judge adjourned a number of the charges for review in October and requested that a garda progress report be prepared in relation to the defendant.