A 39-year-old man has gotten into the habit of calling the emergency services — both the ambulance and the gardaí — if he has an argument with his fiancée, Listowel District Court was told.
Patrick Butler of Dromnacurra, Causeway, Co Kerry, pleaded guilty to what his solicitor described as “a dressed-up” section 4 charge under the Public Order Act, of intoxication in a public place on August 3 after both the ambulance and gardaí found him in an intoxicated condition on the road outside his address.
He had been drinking all night and in the early morning he decided to call the emergency services to come to his home at Dromnacurra, Superintendent Dan Keane, prosecuting, outlined to the court.
“On numerous occasions, he has contacted both ambulance personnel and gardaí requesting their presence,” Supt Keane noted.
On the occasion in question, Mr Butler told the gardaí he had had an argument with his partner the previous night. Mr Butler has no previous convictions said Supt Keane.
Padraig O’Connell, solicitor for Mr Butler, said his client had alcohol consumed. He intends marrying his partner in the next two years.
She was not in court but was “waiting with bated breath” for the outcome of the court proceedings, said Mr O’Connell.
Judge James O’Connor asked: “What’s it about the ambulance?”
Mr O’Connell said his client looked for “solace” when he argued with his partner. “He had an issue with the partner and dialled 999,” said Mr O’Connell. “He has a habit of doing this.”
Judge O’Connor said: “He’s nearly 40 years [old]. It’s time for him to be waking up.”
Mr O’Connell said his client was a decent man and the judge replied: “All your clients are decent.”
However, the judge said he would give Mr Butler the chance to “volunteer a sum” to the court poor box for the charge to be struck out, “considering the lady is anxious”. Mr Butler, who is unemployed, offered €750 and this was accepted.
A condition of his bail, set in early August, was that he only call the emergency services in the case of “a genuine emergency”.
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