Jailed skateboarder ‘doing well’ but misses his hobby

A skateboarder who has been in custody for the last couple of months has been doing well with arts and crafts courses and gym training but he is missing his skateboarding hobby.

Defence solicitor Diarmuid Kelleher said Nigel Walsh, aged 25, of 8 Kilmore Rd, Knocknaheeny, Cork, was doing well in prison and his health was also improving as a result of being clear of drugs. However, he is missing his hobby.

“He is a serious skateboard person. He misses that. Obviously when he is in custody he cannot do that,” Me Kelleher said.

Walsh was brought before Cork District Court for sentencing on another matter. He was convicted in his absence earlier this year.

“He was missing in action on the day of the court case,” the solicitor said.

A bench warrant was issued for the arrest of a Nigel whose actions on Paul St were captured on CCTV.

A video was shown of the accused engaged in a fight with a man and a woman who approached him on the street on November 23, 2014.

On seeing this, Judge Olann Kelleher said there was sufficient evidence on which to convict Walsh of engaging in threatening behaviour. He also convicted him of the two assaults.

Diarmuid Kelleher, solicitor, submitted that Walsh was the one who was attacked.

“He gave as good as he got but it looked like he was as much attacked as anything,” Mr Kelleher said.

The accused had 56 previous convictions for having drugs for his own use as well as counts for cultivation and obstruction.

Judge Kelleher imposed an overall sentence of three months on Walsh.


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