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Drunk must write essay on evils of alcohol

A JUDGE has ordered a public order offender to write an essay on the "evils of drink" after he admitted damaging a garda station cell in a drunken incident.

AARON Begley (20) was told to bring the essay to court before sentencing after Judge Anthony Halpin remarked that people who acted in "savage and barbaric ways" when intoxicated were responsible for their actions.


Begley, with an address at Bolbrook Close, Tallaght, had pleaded guilty to charges of public drunkenness and causing a breach of the peace at the Maldron Hotel, Tallaght on April 14, 2012. He also admitted causing criminal damage to a cell at Tallaght Garda Station on the same date.

The case was back before Tallaght District Court for a probation report and for the accused to produce €250 in compensation for the damage.

"Drink has an amazing quality of turning nice people into monsters and that is what happens," the judge said.

Defence solicitor Padraig O'Donovan said it also came down to the responsibility of licenced premises.

"There is a duty on each establishment to ensure that the patrons that are there are able to control themselves and behave themselves in an acceptable manner," Judge Halpin said.


However, the judge concluded: "People who go in and throw money over the counter and drink themselves to a state of intoxication should always be responsible.

"I want (Begley) to write me an essay on the evils of drink and I will consider that essay," the judge said.

He adjourned the case to February 27.