Man with 134 convictions jailed for disturbance at Cork Penny Dinners

Man with 134 convictions jailed for disturbance at Cork Penny Dinners

Cork Penny Dinners was the location for a drunken disturbance caused by one of the patrons and now he has been jailed for three months for his behaviour.

Sergeant Gearóid Davis said at Cork District Court that they received a call about a man causing a nuisance at Cork Penny Dinners on Little Hanover Street in Cork city.

They arrived to find 48-year-old Paul McCarthy outside the premises in an intoxicated condition.

“He threw a plastic cup at gardaí and he was shouting and roaring,” Sgt. Davis said.

Paul McCarthy of Cork Simon Community pleaded guilty to engaging in threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour on the occasion. 

He also admitted being intoxicated to such an extent that he was a danger to himself or others that day, March 8.

Three days later, gardaí had to deal with another situation in which Paul McCarthy was involved.

Gardaí were dealing with a situation where McCarthy broke into the Presentation convent on Evergreen Road, Cork.

The guards arrived to find McCarthy asleep in a bed in the convent – the building being unoccupied.

Finally, there was another incident involving McCarthy, dating back to October 23, 2019, when the defendant went to the Witherspoon’s Linen Weavers premises on Paul Street.

“He was aggressive to staff and took his top off to start a fight and he knocked over a chair,” Sgt. Davis said.

McCarthy had 134 previous convictions - 23 of them were for engaging in threatening behaviour and 32 of them were for being drunk and a danger.

Frank Buttimer, solicitor, said there was a background of homelessness and that he was serving a sentence at the moment.

“He cooperated fully. They are incidents of low level abuse with alcohol difficulties,” Mr Buttimer said.

Judge Olann Kelleher said he was concerned that there were 23 previous incidents of threatening and abusive behaviour. The judge imposed an overall sentence of three months imprisonment.

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