A MAN who 'seems to be making a genuine effort' to change was dealt with leniently by Judge Dermot Dempsy at Balbriggan District Court.
William Lawrence (20), Gardener's Hill, Balbriggan was convicted and fined a total of €200 on two public order offences committed at Harry Reynolds Road, Balbriggan on August 24. Garda Kenneth Butler told the court that at 2 a.m. on August 24 he stopped Mr. Lawrence who was highly intoxicated. 'He was roaring and shouting in the street and he failed to move on when he was directed to leave,' said Garda Butler. Due to the existence of a bench warrant for Mr. Lawrence's arrest in another matter he was detained overnight in Balbriggan Garda station. The following morning, he apologised for his behaviour and he seemed 'quite contrite', added the Garda. Louis Harkin (BL) acting for Mr. Lawrence, said that the defendant 'just had too much to drink and he does not recall too much of the night'. Mr. Harkin said that Mr. Lawrence regrets the incident greatly and is now 'making serious efforts to change how he behaves in life'. He has stopped drinking alcohol and is engaged to be married next May. He is currently undertaking a FAS course with the intention of becoming skilled to work repairing computers, the judge was told. Mr. Harkin asked the court to be lenient with Mr. Lawrence and to recognise the efforts he is making to correct himself. Accepting that the defendant's efforts are genuine, Judge Dermot Dempsey convicted him of using threatening and abusive language and behaviour in public and refusing to comply with a garda directive. Judge Dempsey imposed fines of €100 each on both convictions and he took a third offence of being drunk in public into consideration without imposing any additional penatly.