Ambulance paramedics assisting a drunken man had to contend with verbal abuse and now the culprit has pleaded for a chance to show that he can stay off drink and out of trouble.
James Conway of The Old Farmhouse, Carrignafoy, Cobh, County Cork, came to the attention of gardaí on January 4.
Sergeant John Kelleher said at Cork District Court that gardaí arrived at St. Patrick’s Bridge shortly after 6pm on that date and found that Conway, 46, was refusing treatment offered by ambulance paramedics.
Sgt. Kelleher said Conway was shouting, “You are only a shower of pr***s. Go and f*** yourselves.”
This verbal abuse was directed at gardaí and paramedics.
The defendant was convicted of being threatening and abusive and being drunk and a source of danger.
Pat Horan, solicitor, asked Judge Olann Kelleher to give the accused a chance to show that he could stay off alcohol.
Evidence was given that there was great support from the defendant’s family to stay off alcohol. However, the judge was told that the defendant could stay off drink and out of trouble from Sunday or Monday until Thursday but that as soon as he got money he spent it all on drink in the course of the weekend.
The judge was asked to adjourn the case for a very short period for the defendant to show that he could stay clear of intoxicants.
Mr Horan said the adjournment of sentencing was only sought, “to see if he can get through the weekend without drink.”
Judge Kelleher agreed to release him on continuing bail until Tuesday September 15 for that purpose.