Alcoholic urinated on Thurles Garda Station cell door & floor

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Alcoholic urinated on Thurles Garda Station cell door & floor

Thurles District Court

A Thurles man who urinated in a Garda Station cell after causing a disturbance in Liberty Square, was ordered to undergo a Probation Report at Thurles District Court.

James Casey, who gave an address of Novas, 56 Mitchel Street, Thurles, was arrested on January 5, 2018, under the public order act for being “highly intoxicated” and causing a disturbance in Liberty Square, Thurles.

Sgt. Andrew Lyons told Judge Elizabeth MacGrath that Casey “ran out in traffic” and had to be placed in a cell in Thurles Garda Station, Slievenamon Road. While there, Casey caused criminal damage by urinating on the cell door, and cell floor area, which subsequently had to be cleaned at a cost of €90.

Casey has 74 previous convictions. Solicitor Colin Morrissey said Casey (30) has been fighting alcoholism since he was 17 years of age, and had a “slight drug problem.” But “alcoholism is his main difficulty.”

Casey resides in Thurles, but both of his parents have died, and Casey spent most of his youth in foster care. Judge MacGrath remarked in Court that Casey is “a very unwell looking gentleman.” “He tries to go to his AA meetings,” said Mr Morrissey. “It’s an ongoing battle for him. He apologises.”

Judge MacGrath said Casey is running a “serious risk for himself” and remanded him on continuing bail to appear in Court again on September 25th next, on condition that Casey undergo a Probation Report, and bring €90 to Court in compensation for the criminal damage.