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Drunk dad wants to attend Christening, avoid jail

Drunk dad wants to attend Christening and avoid jail

A man who was arrested after his wife called the Gardaí during a dispute asked the court to consider community service rather than a custodial sentence so he could attend his child’s Christening. 
At last week’s sitting of Castlebar Court, Judge Mary Devins heard that gardaí had been called to an incident between Owen McDonagh and Ann Josephine McDonagh outside their home at 27 Castlegrove, Castlebar, on March 18 last.
Ms McDonagh called the gardaí at 7.55pm alleging that Owen McDonagh was outside kicking at the door and that she was afraid of him. When gardaí arrived, Mr McDonagh was highly intoxicated and abusive and was arrested and brought to Castlebar garda station.
Gardaí have been called to a number of disputes between the couple during which threats of violence has been made towards Ms McDonagh.
Garda Declan Glynn explained that when gardaí arrived at the address, Mr McDonagh was on the road and was very intoxicated and abusive. When he was being brought to the patrol car, his partner came out and informed him he was not getting into the house tonight.
Mr McDonagh became abusive and urinated outside the patrol car. He was arrested and brought to Castlebar garda station and was released the following morning.
Mr Gary Mulchrone, solicitor for the defendant said his client barely remembers the incident and he apologised for his actions, which he described as obscene in the extreme. He said they had three children and that Mr McDonagh knew his behaviour was wrong.
Mr McDonagh has been on bail since May for another incident, and part of his condition of bail was that he abstain from alcohol and drugs. Mr Mulchrone said he has complied with the condition. He said he wanted to be at his youngest child’s Christening on August 5, and he asked the court to consider community service rather than a custodial sentence.
The court heard that Ms McDonagh was paying the rent in the house and Inspector Joe Doherty said the type of behaviour was not acceptable in the estate.
Judge Devins adjourned the matter until October for sentencing.