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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Jail for man with difficult upbringing

Published 01/04/2014 | 05:34

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A Gorey man was handed down a prison sentence when he appeared before Judge David Kennedy at last week's sitting of Arklow District Court.

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Thomas Pryke (20), 35 Beechside Avenue, Riverchapel, Courtown Harbour, was charged with being intoxicated in a public place, engaging in threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour and possession of an article with the intention of causing injury at Arklow Garda Station on September 25, 2012.

Evidence in the case had been heard previously and there was a probation report before the court.

Pryke was late to court saying he had to rely on public transport.

Acting for Pryke solicitor Tom Honan said that Pryke had had a very difficult upbringing and had experienced a number of traumatic events including an arson attack when he was very young.

He said there was also the 'absence of his mother during his formative years'. Mr. Honan said Pryke who has some learning difficulties but is 'slowly learning his responsibilities with dealing with court matters'.

Judge Kennedy said, 'There's a constant lack of engagement with everyone' and in present of possession of an article with the intention of causing injury he sentenced him to eight months imprisonment suspending the final four months.

He sentenced him to two months imprisonment for engaging in threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour and marked the other matter proven and taken into account.

Gorey Guardian

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