Limerick man arrested for refusing to get off the bus

The Limerick City Courts complex on Mulgrave Street.

A MAN who has 192 previous court convictions has “a big problem – he’s a problem for everyone else,” a judge said.

Martin Faulkner (34) of Toppins Field, John Carew Park, Limerick City, appeared before Limerick District Court in Mulgrave Street, where Judge Patricia Harney heard that of his 192 previous convictions, the majority were for similar public order offences.

After being told that Mr Faulkner was pleading guilty to the charge, the Judge heard that it arose after a bus driver in the city flagged down a passing Garda patrol car on April 29 last.

The Gardaí were told that Mr Faulkner was on the bus, very drunk and refusing to get off. The incident led to his being arrested.

The Judge agreed with the defence solicitor that Mr Faulkner “has a problem”.

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“He has a big problem – he’s a problem to everyone else,” Judge Harney said.

She fined Mr Faulker €200 and ordered that he spend two days in jail if he does not pay it.