Sunday 17 November 2019

Jail for man (28) whose life had 'nose-dived'

A 28-year-old man whose life had 'nose-dived' has been sentenced to four months imprisonment.

It was stated on behalf of Charles McDowell that his lifestyle had become dissolute.

His house went on fire, and he had suffered injuries and falls due to drink.

The defendant, of Clós Bríd, Saltown, and Slieve Foy Park, Muirhevnamór, pleaded guilty to a number of charges resulting from separate incidents.

Sgt Fintan McGroder gave evidence that on 9 November, 2016, it was reported a NI-registered blue Renault Clio was driving erratically in Slieve Foy Park.

Gardaí spoke to the driver, McDowell, and he subsequently provided a breath sample which showed a reading of 60. He was disqualified from driving at the time.

On 5 July, 2017, the defendant was one of a group drinking at Ladywell Shrine. He asked a man who was walking by if he could use his phone. McDonnell then wouldn't hand the phone back, and when persuaded by those in his company to return the phone, he threw it on the ground, damaging it. The phone was valued €300.

At 1am on 10 March, 2018, McDowell was involved in an altercation with neighbours. All were asked to leave, but further reports of ongoing issues were made to the guards. He was shouting abuse.

At Londis, Castletown Road on 2 April last, he took cider and wine without paying.

There are 22 previous convictions.

Solicitor Frank McDonnell added all the matters before the court have their background in alcohol consumption.

For drink driving McDowell was disqualified for four years. He received concurrent four-month and two-month terms of imprisonment for criminal damage and theft charges respectively. Other charges were taken into consideration.

Judge McKiernan also directed he receive treatment in custody for his addiction.

The Argus