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Arklow Courthouse. Photo; Paul Messitt

Arklow Courthouse. Photo; Paul Messitt

Arklow Courthouse. Photo; Paul Messitt

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An Arklow man who may be staying in homeless shelters in Dublin had his case adjourned at the local district court on Wednesday, October 20.

Rory Dobbin (31) 27 Anchor Mews, South Quay, Arklow and Heigue Cottage, Ballyogan Road, Carrickmines  Co.Dublin, failed to appear in court to answer a charge of intoxication in a public place at Ferrybank, Arklow on February 25, 2021. He is also charged with intoxication in a public place at Main Street, Arklow on August 12, 2020.

Judge David Kennedy said he would hear the facts of the case. On the day in question at 2.50 p.m., gardai observed an intoxicated male. He was arrested and a fixed penalty notice was issued, but not paid. The defendant had no previous convictions.

Judge Kennedy convicted the defendant and imposed a fine of €250 with three months to pay. Leave to appeal was set at €300, half cash. Gardai then told the court that the defendant was understood to be sleeping rough or using homeless shelters in Dublin. Judge Kennedy vacated the penalty and asked gardai to make further enquiries.

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Later in the sitting, gardai told Judge Kennedy that the defendant has an address in Arklow, however, it is possible that he is using homeless hostels in Dublin.

Judge Kennedy adjourned the case to January 12, 2022 for gardai to notify the defendant.


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