A judge has shortened the curfew time of a man charged with public order offences, telling the court he “will be home in time to say his Rosary in bed.”

The court heard how Daniel Curran, Middle Dore, Bunbeg had pleaded guilty to offences at Magheraclogher in November 2009.

He had been placed on curfew for the past six months and had not come to the attention of Gardai since.

Garda Martin Gallagher told the court: “The defendant is struggling to find work and I think that this curfew has woken him up. I feel he has learned his lesson. He is really a decent young lad.”

Judge Seamus Hughes said: “I am going to shorten your curfew and allow you to go out on a Saturday night until 3.30am on a Sunday morning. This will give you plenty of time to be back in your bed to say the Rosary.”

He adjourned final sentencing until May 10th and said that if Curran stayed out of trouble he could expect a small fine.

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