Tuesday 21 November 2017

Facebook pictures puts man in prison


A COUNTY WEXFORD man is behind bars this week because of pictures of him that were posted on Facebook.

John Sinnott (57), of Coolamurray, Davidstown, Enniscorthy, was remanded in custody to December 4 after Wexford Circuit Court was told last week that the pictures posted online showed him out drinking in Davidstown over the recent Bank Holiday weekend.

This was in breach of terms set out in the court last month, after Sinnott was of harassment of a local woman beween August 2007 and April 2008.

Judge Barry Hickson had indicated on that occasion that he would defer sentencing for a month, and then imposed a suspended sentence only if Sinnott abided by certain conditions, which included that he stay off alcohol and attend AA meetings.

When the case was called again last week, Sergeant Tom Murphy told the court that he had received three pictures which were downloaded from Facebook. They were taken at a celebration in Davidstown over the Bank Holiday weekend, and they showed the defendant attending the celebration and consuming alcohol. He said these facts were not disputed by the defendant.

This was confirmed by defence counsel Conor O'Doherty BL, who accepted that the pictures showed his client consuming alcohol since the previous court sitting. He further said his instructions were that Sinnott had attended AA on four occasions in that time, and he suggested that the court adjourn the matter back to December to enable the defendant attend Aiseiri meetings on a Sunday morning and bring verification to the court that he had attended those meetings.

Mr O'Doherty also told the court that Sinnott formerly had his own business but it has now closed, and that he is now working at breaking in horses.

When asked by Judge Hickson if he had anyone to look after the horses, the defendant through Mr. O'Doherty said he had a person to take charge.

Judge Hickson then said he would see what the defendant's attitue is on December 4 next.

'I will give him time to reflect on this. When he got a break, he should have taken it,' said the judge, as he remanded the defendant in custody to appear again before the court on December 4 next.

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