Prison warning for Enniskillen man caught urinating on street

High Street was scene of a disturbance.

High Street was scene of a disturbance.

A 37-year-old Enniskillen man was ‘caught short’ when police spotted him urinating over railings on Eden Street after drinking in a various pubs in the town.

Ronan Lunney, of Foxhill Close, admitted to two counts of disorderly behaviour and one of indecent behaviour when he appeared before Fermanagh court.


He was handed 150 hours of community service after the court heard he has not offended in the last nine years.

Outlining the background of the case, a prosecutor stated that on December 21, last year, at around 2.30am, police spotted the defendant urinating against a railing in Eden Street near the car park.

Police spoke to him about the matter and cautioned him, however he made no reply.

The officers noted that the area was busy with people and traffic. The court also heard that police had spoken to Lunney about an earlier incident where police saw him with a female causing a disturbance on High Street. He was cautioned for disorderly behaviour.

At that stage he became aggressive with police and he was subsequently arrested and taken to Enniskillen Police Station.

Defence solicitor Conor Heaney said his client was embarrassed to appear before the court in relation to this particular matter.

He told the court: “The defendant says on that date that he was in the Enniskillen area in the run up to Christmas and had been drinking at a number of public houses and watched football and was on his way home when the offences occurred. He has really little recollection of the circumstances of which he came to be arrested. When he left the public house and was not able to get back in he went to The Diamond when he was caught short and the police observed him and he was cautioned for that.


“The defendant regrets his behaviour and the offending that has marred his life. The defendant was involved in a very intensive period in his late teenage years until 2003. But there has been a significant break in his offending for a 10-year period.

The defendant has been absolutely adamant he wants to break the cycle of offending.”

District Judge Nigel Broderick stated that Lunney has a “very poor record” but added he recognises there was a “nine year gap”.

“On this occasion I won’t send you to prison but I will give you a clear warning that if you breach this you will go back to prison.”

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