A CARLOW man was given a two-month prison sentence for possessing two-dozen tablets. John Coakley (39) with an address at Kevin Barry Avenue, Carlow pleaded guilty to public order and drug charges at the local district court last week.
Sergeant Hud Kelly said the defendant was found with 24 Alprazolam tablets worth €48 following a search at New Oak Estate on 8 March 2021.
On 28 July last, gardaí responded to an alleged altercation at New Oak Estate. Mr Coakley had been asked to leave a house and was intoxicated.
“He became aggressive to gardaí,” said Sgt Kelly. “At one point, he lunged at a garda.”
The defendant had 27 previous convictions, including multiple public order offences and four drug-related charges.
Defending solicitor Brendan O’Flaherty said his client had not come to negative attention in recent times and was co-operating with the probation services.
Judge Geraldine Carthy imposed a €400 fine on the threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour charge and a two-month sentence on the drugs charge.
Recognisances were fixed for appeal purposes. Bail conditions included signing on twice a week at Carlow Garda Station and for Mr Coakley to be intoxicant-free.