A MACROOM man has learned the hard way that when a Garda tells you to leave a pub, you had better not come back.
Patrick O'Driscoll (20) with an address at 30 St Coleman's Park, Macroom received a custodial sentence at the town's District Court for failure to comply with the direction of a Garda following an incident in the North Square area of the town on January 27 last.
The court heard that Gardai received a call to Penn's Bar early in the evening in question where the defendant was "causing trouble."
Judge James McNulty was told that Mr O'Driscoll left the premises when asked, but returned some time later, where he was arrested.
Superintendent Liam Horgan said that Mr O'Driscoll, who had 12 previous convictions including nine for public order offences, co-operated with gardai once arrested.
Solicitor Dan Murphy said his client had been educated at Macroom Youthreach and was currently doing courses at Bishop McEgan College while his application to join the army was delayed. His plea for leniency did not win favour with Judge McNulty, however.
"He is unfortunately reoffending," Judge McNulty said, "Now it is time for him to go away."
Patrick O'Driscoll was convicted and given a 30 day prison sentence. Mr Murphy asked that Judge McNulty to fix recognisance for his client to appeal.