Homeless man prosecuted for blocking free passage of people by begging is sentenced to jail 

Homeless man prosecuted for blocking free passage of people by begging is sentenced to jail 

A homeless man prosecuted for blocking the free passage of pedestrians by begging was sentenced to one month in jail.

A homeless man prosecuted for blocking the free passage of pedestrians by begging was sentenced to one month in jail.

Judge Olann Kelleher imposed this sentence on Paul Bulman at Cork District Court.

Sergeant Pat Lyons said the defendant was actively begging in Cork city centre.

The 35-year-old pleaded guilty to the offence.

He had 124 previous convictions.

His solicitor, Frank Buttimer, reminded Judge Kelleher that the same defendant was sentenced for four months for carrying a knife last week.

Mr Buttimer said the begging predated the incident with the knife.

“He a very limited record for begging, if any at all,” the solicitor said.

He added that the defendant’s circumstances had improved somewhat since this occurred.

Mr Buttimer said the accused was presently living at the Simon Community in Cork but had been living in a tent.

In the case last week, Mr Buttimer said, “His life has improved since. Not only is he residing in Simon which is a significant step for him but he is also accessing Simon facilities.”

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