Man told to engage with probation service or go ‘behind bars’

June 22, 2020

A LETTERKENNY man has been warned he’ll go behind bars if he continues with a failure to engage with the probation service.

The stark warning was given to Christopher Brogan (23) of The Bungalow Lisnennan Road Letterkenny.

Letterkenny District Court heard that Brogan had failed to attend six appointments with the probation service, three of which were pre-Covid.

“Appointments were rescheduled at your request and when contacted the probation officers were informed that you were unavailable,” Judge Kelly said.

Brogan, the court heard, was offered further appointments, but he was ‘unable to engage’ with the interview.

“Why should the court or the probation services waste any more time chasing you around the country?” Judge Kelly wondered.

“You’re not taking it seriously.”

Solicitor for Brogan, Mr Frank Dorrian, said his client was ‘great afflicted’ by a fear of what may happen.

Mr Dorrian said: “He appears to be quite traumatised by these dealings. He assures me to assure you that he will contact the probation service as soon as he leaves here.”

Brogan was charged with intoxication in a public place and of using threatening, abusive or insulting language at Upper Main Street, Lettrkenny on October 29, 2018. The defendant told Judge Kelly that he had a ‘kid to look after and I’m going back to work next week’.

Judge Kelly warned Brogan that he would be ‘behind bars in Castlerea’ should he not fully engage with the service.

“This is in your own hands, Mr Brogan,” he said.



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