Man asks Judge not to take his last €100 he needs for smokes in prison

August 17, 2017

A man pleaded with a Judge not to take his last €100 as he needed it to get cigarettes with when he went to prison.

Michael McDonagh appeared at Letterkenny District Court in Co Donegal on two outstanding bench warrants.

When asked by Judge Deirdre Gearty why he did not appear on two previous occasions, McDonagh said he was in prison in France.

McDonagh, of the Big Isle, Letterkenny, promised Judge Gearty that he would be back to answer two cases of public order offences committed on October 19th and December 16th last.

Judge Gearaty asked McDonagh, 28, if he had cash in court and he said he had but not very much.

She ordered his release on the provision that he provide his own bond of €100.

However, McDonagh objected saying he had another court case in Mayo shortly and that he needed the cash to buy cigarettes when he was sent to jail arising from that case.

Judge Gearty then told McDonagh “I’m taking one hundred off you today.”

However, McDonagh replied “I’m not meaning to be rude but I need the money for smokes… I’m not meaning to be rude but this is not murder charges, it’s only public order.”

Judge Gearty reiterated that she needed assurances that McDonagh would return to court to answer his charges.

She ordered that he surrender his passport and pay his own personal cash bond of €50 before adjourning the case until August 23rd.