Ex garda warned he is ‘a bit long in the tooth for this type of thing’

Ex garda warned he is ‘a bit long in the tooth for this type of thing’

Carrick-on-Shannon District Court.

A former member of An Garda Siochana with 35 years experience was given the benefit of the probation act when he appeared before Judge Kevin P Kilrane at last Tuesday’s sitting of Carrick-on-Shannon District Court.

Chris Gildea, 17 Thorndale, Leterkenny, Co Donegal appeared to face a charge of being intoxicated to such an extent as to be a danger to himself or others.

Insp Frank Finn gave evidence against Mr Gildea saying on April 2, 2019 gardaí received a report of a drunken male in Dromod train station, Clooncolry, Dromod who was said to have been abusive to Irish Rail staff and customers on the train.

Insp Finn said: “He was unable to stand up and didn’t know where he was.”

Defending solicitor Colm Conway said: “His brother was ill and he had consumed alcohol on the train en-route to visit his brother in Carrick-on-Shannon.”

Mr Conway added Mr Gildea got off at the wrong station and that he is “very embarrassed.”

Addressing the court Mr Gildea said: “I was very tired, nodding off and when the train stopped I thought I was in Carrick-on-Shannon. I got disorientated; I must have got a blackout. This never happened me before; I don’t want to be here.”

Having heard the evidence Judge Kilrane said: “You’re getting a bit long in the tooth for this type of thing. You should look out for yourself.”

The defendant was given the benefit of the probation act in relation to a charge of being intoxicated to such an extent as to be a danger to himself or others.

A charge of threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour in a public place was struck out by Judge Kilrane.

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