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Teen 'damaged his organs by drinking'

A TEENAGER who started drinking heavily following the death of his brother needs ongoing medical treatment due to the damage his excessive drinking has done to his organs, a court heard.

Michael Gough (19) said a place was now available on a 16-month detox and rehabilitation course in Co Wicklow and he was anxious to take it up.

The defendant spent the past three weeks in custody, as he was anxious to stay out of trouble so he could take up his place at the treatment centre.


A judge released Gough from custody, on the strict understanding that he headed straight to the detox centre.

The court heard the defendant's father was in court, and was willing to take his son straight to the centre.

Judge James McDonnell also ordered a probation report and adjourned the matter to a date in June, so Gough's progress can be monitored.

Defence solicitor Grainne Malone said Gough's wrongdoing all related to his problem with alcohol. Ms Malone said the teenager started drinking heavily after his parents separated and his brother died.

She said these incidents compounded the problems Gough made for himself.

Judge McDonnell said it was not often that a person required medical treatment at such a young age.

Gough, with addresses at Glenshane Drive and Riverview in Tallaght, previously admitted before Tallaght District Court to two counts of drunken driving as well as driving without insurance on November 28, 2009. Gough had borrowed the car from a friend.

Judge McDonnell fined Gough €250, banned him from driving for four years, ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing on the no-insurance matter to a date in June.