Man fined after not showing up to make poor box contribution

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A young Limerick man was convicted and fined in his absence at Galway District Court, after not showing up to make a donation to the court poor box.

Jordan McCarthy (20), of Patrickswell, Co. Limerick was charged with multiple public order offences which took place at the Garda Regional Headquarters in Murrough on August 1 of last year.

He had been charged with being intoxicated in public, as well as the use of threatening, abusive, or insulting behaviour in a public place under the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act.

When he was before the court on this last September, McCarthy was given the opportunity to make a €200 donation to the court poor box for charity to avoid a conviction.

However he failed to show up at Galway District Court this year on January 25, the date given to make payment. He failed to appear again this month.

Solicitor Olivia Traynor said she had been unable to make contact with her client, and asked the court for one more chance.

Judge Mary Fahy convicted him of both offences, imposing a fine of €300 for the threatening, abusive, or insulting words or behaviour, and €100 for the public intoxication.

The judge also certified a breach of MCarthy’s bail recognisance, and ordered that the €100 lodged for it be forfeited.