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Sunday 26 October 2014

One last chance to avoid prison

Published 18/03/2014 | 05:38

A MAN who has come before Wexford District Court repeatedly in recent years has been given one last chance by Judge Gerard Haughton to avoid doing time in jail.

Michael O'Shea (62), with addresses at Ozanam House, Thomas Street, Wexford; The Men's Hostel, Lady Lane, Waterford, and Flat 4, 6 Matthew Shea Apartments, Waterford appeared before Wexford District Court to answer to two charges of breaching an exclusion order; being intoxicated and urinating in a public place at North Quay, New Ross on August 20 last; failing to appear before the court at a date set on September 10 last and being intoxicated in a public place on the Quay in New Ross and theft from Sue Ryder's on Bridge Street on November 8 last.

Solicitor Eric Furlong said that O'Shea is finally willing to address his serious alcohol addiction and asked that the court give his client one more chance.

'The probation service have done all they can,' said Judge Haughton. 'Time and time again he has ignored exclusion orders and he has 32 previous convictions.'

Judge Haughton handed O'Shea an eight-month sentence on the theft charge and a three-month sentence on the failure to appear charge, but suspended both on the condition that the defendant agreed to keep the peace and stay sober in public for the next 12 months.

The rest of the charges were taken into consideration.

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