Car scratched during dispute between Limerick neighbours

David Hurley

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David Hurley

The incidents happened at Emmet Place, Joseph's Street
A DISPUTE between the owners of neighbouring properties over a rodent-infested hedgerow resulted in hundreds of euro worth of damage being caused to a parked car, a court has heard.

A DISPUTE between the owners of neighbouring properties over a rodent-infested hedgerow resulted in hundreds of euro worth of damage being caused to a parked car, a court has heard.

Michael O’Donovan, aged 54, of Emmet Place, Joseph’s Street pleaded guilty, at Limerick District Court, to two charges of criminal damage relating to incidents which occurred on October 10 and 23, last.

Outlining the circumstances of the offences, Sergeant Donal Cronin said on each occasion gardai were contacted after the defendant had “scratched” the side of the injured party’s car, which was parked near his home.

Sgt Cronin confirmed that €400 in compensation has been paid by the defendant and that there have been no further incidents between the parties in recent times.

Solicitor John Herbert, defending, said the owner of the damaged car is the landlord of a property adjoining to his client’s home and that the incidents of criminal damage had been sparked by a row which broke out between the two men.

“There was a dispute over a hedge which was drawing rodents,” he said.

Mr Herbert added that his client had become extremely frustrated resulting in the offences.

“It was very stupid and out of character,” he told the court adding that Mr O’Donovan has no previous convictions.

Noting the evidence that there have been no further incidents between the parties since and that compensation has been paid, Judge Aeneas McCarthy said he was adjourning the matter for three months “to see how things go”.

He indicated that if there were no further incidents between now and May 27, next he will apply the Probation Act - meaning Mr O’Donovan will not attract a criminal conviction over the case.

However, in doing so he warned: “If there is trouble, it will be a different matter altogether”.