A tall man with an intimidating presence caused distress to staff at a downtown store by insisting he should be allowed into the store, then returning to challenge them for filing a complaint with of gardai.
Judge Olann Kelleher said: ‘So three times he was in those premises. The day before there was a problem, then twice that day.
Frank Buttimer, lawyer, said: “He has a social interaction problem.”
sergeant. Pat Lyons said that on the morning of May 3, John Long went to the Spar on Patrick’s Street. He was told he was not welcome on the premises due to his behavior on the premises the day before.
sergeant. Lyons said that in fact there was a complaint to the gardaí on May 3 about Mr Long’s behavior, he was arrested and questioned about it and then later that afternoon he came back to challenge the staff about the complaint they had filed with the gardaí.
Judge Kelleher said people have the right to work without being subjected to this kind of intimidation.
In relation to two charges of engaging in threatening behavior in the store on the same day, he handed down two consecutive two-month jail terms.
John Long, who is in his late thirties, lives in a hostel in Cork.
He has 108 prior convictions.
37 of them relate to threatening behavior.
Defense attorney Frank Buttimer said: ‘He accepts that there is no excuse for his conduct.