Drunk musician 'not the worst lad'

A TALENTED Kilgarvan musician who was charged with late night public order offences has agreed to pay €1,800 to the court poor box to avoid a conviction.

Robert Looney, Gorth, appeared before Kenmare District Court on Friday charged with disorderly conduct and being intoxicated to the extent that he was a danger to himself or others at The Square, Kenmare, on April 4.

He was further charged with intoxication and threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour offences at Dromnevane on May 13.

Inspector Flor Murphy said the offences included kicking a hot dog stand and involvement in an altercation with an individual, resulting in Mr Looney having to be restrained.

All charges related to incidents at approximately 3am and the court heard that Mr Looney had previously availed of the Probation Act.

Solicitor Padraig O'Connell said that alcohol was a common denominator but that the defendant had abstained from it.

"He is a musician of some renown, guitar and bass," the solicitor added.

Asked by Judge James O'Connor if he played the squeeze box, the solicitor retorted that Kenmare was "too cosmopolitan", adding, "that's your side of the county judge".

Judge O'Connor said the defendant was "not the worst lad" but needed to take himself aside.

Mr Looney agreed to make the poor box contribution by December 6.


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