FAILING to move a caravan from land at a commercial park in Little Island cost a father-of-seven a €500 fine today.
John Quilligan, aged 27, whose address on the charge was of N25, Little Island, Glanmire, and is now living in a house in Carrigtwohill, pleaded guilty to the charge against him at Cork District Court today.
Defence solicitor, Pat Horan, said the 27-year-old father-of-seven found himself in a very difficult situation at the time.
“He was going from pillar to post with his seven children.
"They were frequenting one place and then having to move on. But he is settled now in Carrigtohill in a house,” Mr Horan said.
Sergeant Gearóid Davis outlined the background to the incident which dates back to September 2018.
“On September 13 he was handed notice to leave the land. The owners made a complaint and the Quilligans said they were planning to move.
“However, gardaí returned on September 25 to Ballytrasna business park and spoke to him again.
"They were informed that they would be removed and he (the defendant) said he was trying to arrange this,” Sgt. Davis said.
Judge Olann Kelleher asked if the accused had any previous convictions.
Sgt Davis said the accused was convicted of engaging in a violent disorder back in 2015.
Garda Margaret O’Sullivan charged the defendant that on September 13, 2018, at Ballytrasna Park, Little Island, without the duly given consent of the owner of the land at the said place, he did enter and occupy land in a manner likely to prevent persons entitled to use the land from making reasonable use or amenity of the land contrary to the Criminal Justice (Public Order) and the Housing Act.