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Longford man masturbated in takeaway, court hears

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The man had allegedly been masturbating at a takeaway on Longford's Main Street
The man had allegedly been masturbating at a takeaway on Longford's Main Street

A man appeared in Longford District Court this week charged under the Public Order Act over an incident in Longford Town.

The Longford Leader reports on the case involving Roy Brennan, of St Martha's Hostel, Dublin Road, Longford.

He was charged with engaging in threatening, abusive and insulting words or behaviour in a public place on Main Street, Longford on October 24.

Inspector Padraig Jones told the court that gardai had received a call from staff at a takeaway saying a man had been masturbating in front of them and the public.

A Sergeant McGlynn was dispatched to the scene and on arrival the defendant took off and hid behind a pillar.

Brennan, who has a previous conviction for masturbating in public, was then addressed by JUdge Seamus Hughes.

The judge said that whatever the defendent had been doing, it was enough of a concern for the staff of the takeaway to call the Gardai.

"You, Mr Brennan, seem to have a propensity to take out your tackle in public; you seem to like going around exposing yourself in public."

Defence solicitor John Quinn said that his client was 'trying to do something with himself' and that 'things just went wrong for him on Saturday night' as he had failed to get into the shelter so he 'hung around the town and, of course, drank'.

The judge adjourned the case until December 12 so that more information could be gathered about the incident.