Man charged with damaging cars in Limerick city

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

More than �47,000 was paid out to local charities last year through the court poor box system
An American national who admitted damaging several parked cars in the Castletroy area of the city faces the prospect of having to complete 240 hours of community service.

An American national who admitted damaging several parked cars in the Castletroy area of the city faces the prospect of having to complete 240 hours of community service.

Robert Blomkvist, aged 32, with an address at the Meadows, Murroe pleaded guilty to damaging four different cars on different nights last week.

Sgt Donal Cronin said Blomkvist - a separated father of two - was arrested in the early hours of June 21 after he was observed carrying a number of items which had been taken a short time earlier from a car at University Court.

Blomkvist was granted bail when he appeared before a special court sitting later that day but Sgt Cronin said he came to the attention of gardai again less than 72 hours later.

Judge Eugene O’Kelly was told the defendant was arrested shortly after 4am on June 24 after garda received reports of a number of cars being damaged at a car park at the University of Limerick.

Blomkvist admitted smashing windows on three cars - a Hyundai Accent, a Nissan Micra and a Nissan Almera.

Solicitor Muiris Gavin said his client has an alcohol problem and that his life has spiralled out of control over the last few weeks.

“He has reached the absolute bottom,” he said adding that he had been staying with a friend in the Castletroy area around the time of the offences.

Mr Gavin said his client, who is unemployed, was not in a position to pay compensation to any of the owners of the cars.

Judge O’Kelly said he was considering imposing prison sentences totalling 12 months but that he would give Blomkvist the opportunity to carry out 240 hours of community service instead.

He adjourned sentencing until September to facilitate the preparation of a community service report.

Blomkvist was ordered to obey a curfew as a condition his bail.