11 November 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A man from a Travellers background who was arrested for a public order breach in Carrickmacross last Sunday night and who had 118 previous convictions was sentenced to three months’ imprisonment at Monaghan District Court on Monday, in a case where the defendant’s tragic personal circumstances were also outlined.
John McDonagh (42) of St Margaret’s Halting Site, Finglas, and with a new address at 2 St Vincent’s Park, Navan admitted to the court that he was intoxicated in public and had failed to comply with garda directions at Drummond Otra, Carrickmacross the previous night.
Inspector Pat McMorrow told the court that at 10.20pm, gardai observed a man who was intoxicated and was acting aggressively. The man was told to leave the area but he refused to do so. At that stage he was asked for his name and address, which he gave, and was arrested because of his behaviour.
Mr McDonagh had 118 previous convictions, relating mainly to theft, criminal damage and the unauthorised taking of vehicles. These dated back to 1990 in the main, the inspector added.
He had been sentenced to 12 months in prison, for earlier offences including an incident in which a garda car was rammed in Monaghan, at Cloverhill District Court on 28th April last, Insp McMorrow said.
But he was given temporary release for three nights on 8th October to attend his son’s funeral, and had not returned to the prison. He was unlawfully at large since that time.
Judge Sean MacBride told Leonard Leader, solr, from John Gaffney Solicitors, Dublin that his client’s record was very bad, and that it therefore did not matter that he had no previous for public order offences.
Full report in The Northern Standard

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