Drunken man was arrested for his own safety in Cork city, court hears

Drunken man was arrested for his own safety in Cork city, court hears

A 52-year-old man was so drunk at the scene of a disturbance that he sat staring blankly at gardaí and was arrested because of concerns for his own safety.

Derek O’Connor of 1 Lee View, Carrigrohane, County Cork, was fined €200 by Judge Olann Kelleher at Cork District Court.

Sergeant Pat Lyons outlined the background to the incident at Thomas Davis Street, Cork, where gardaí encountered “a number of highly intoxicated males.” 

The sergeant added, “Derek O’Connor was one of the males. He was so intoxicated he just sat there staring blankly at the guards.

“He was so intoxicated there was a concern for his safety.” O’Connor has seven previous public order convictions.

Defence solicitor, Diarmuid Kelleher, said the defendant pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.

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