A young man with a history of addiction has been given a six month suspended sentence after he pleaded guilty to masturbating in public on a train.
Naas District Court heard evidence last Wednesday, April 11 that Andrew Roche whose address is listed as Santa Maria Hostel, Charlemount Street, Dublin was on the Dublin to Waterford train on February 16.
Garda Alan Murphy told Judge Michael Coughlan that the defendant sat down beside a woman and began masturbating, eventually ejaculating.
As well as being charged with the lewd act, he was also charged with threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour, and with soiling the seat and carpet of the train.
Representing him, Tony Hanahoe explained that the defendant is 24 years of age, and has been homeless for a number of years.
“His addresses are usually always hostels. He has a long history of drug abuse.
“Needless to say he is very ashamed of what he did and would like me to apologise to the court for it.
“He is endeavouring to deal with his drug problem.”
The judge gave him a six months’ suspended sentence.