A man who was found shouting obscenities in the grounds of a Letterkenny School has been jailed for two months.
Gerard O’Connor of no fixed abode appeared at Letterkenny District Court where he admitted public order offences committed at Loretto College, Convent Road Letterkenny on November 19th last.
Inspector David Kelly told the court that a member of staff reported a male behaving in a threatening manner on the school grounds.
The staff member said she was in fear. The court heard that when gardaí arrived O’Connor was sitting on the ground at the front of the school shouting obscenities. He was very aggressive and hostile and was arrested.
The school was in session with up to 1,000 students attending classes.
Judge Denis McLoughlin heard that O’Connor had 73 previous convictions.
Solicitor Patrick Gallagher said O’Connor had gone to the grotto at the convent to say prayers. He said the 54-year-old single man has serious problems with alcohol and has made arrangements to see an addiction counsellor.
Judge McLoughlin said he did not believed O’Connor’s issues should involve anyone else, especially the staff and students at Loretto Convent.
He said that while he had to give some credit for an early plea he could not ignore the extent of the previous convictions.
The judge sentenced O’Connor to two months in prison on the recommendation he receive appropriate counselling services.