A Lithuanian man who left a party he was at and couldn’t find his way back to it appeared before Naas District Court last Wednesday, June 13 charged with a public order offence.
Judge Patrick Clyne heard evidence that Andrius Tonkuunas whose address is listed as 16 Wentworth Place, Jigginstown Road, Naas was found in the Oakglade estate, Craddockstown, Naas on May 16 last, banging and kicking on the doors of two houses.
Gardai report that he was highly intoxicated. The residents of the houses, two women, had called Gardai.
“When we arrived, he refused to provide any details,” gardai explained. Eventually he became abusive to gardai and refused to provide his name and address.
Eventually he said he was sorry for it.
Mr Tonkuunas has no previous convictions.
“He is a different man today,” the court heard from Arthur Denneny, who was acting for him.
Judge Clyne wondered if the defendant was in fact in love with one of the ladies?
Mr Denneny said he didn’t think so. He explained that his client had “drunk an incredible amount of alcohol on the night”.
“Yeah, I got that impression,” the Judge replied.
“He’s not normally a drinker at all. He was at a party, left it, and got lost and tried to get back in.
“He is 25 years of age, and worked for a removals company, but was let go about two weeks ago.”
Mr Denneny described the incident as “stupidity of monumental proportions and “pig-headedness”.
The defendant supports his parents and siblings in Lithuania and was hoping next year to apply for and do a course in sports management.
And he apologised to the court.
A small amount of damage was done and €200 was given to the court to pay for the damage.
The Probation Act was applied.