Bench warrant issued for graffiti ‘tagger’ in Limerick

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Jonathan Noonan, Ian Hopkins, Nathan Murray and Rory Fogarty pictured at Limerick Courthouse in June
A BENCH warrant has been issued for the arrest of a young man who caused thousands of euro worth of damage to buildings across the city by spraying them with graffiti.

A BENCH warrant has been issued for the arrest of a young man who caused thousands of euro worth of damage to buildings across the city by spraying them with graffiti.

Rory Fogarty, aged 19, who is originally from Thurles and who has an address at Drominbeg, Rhebogue was one of four young men prosecuted in June by gardai and Limerick City Council in relation to the so-called “tagging” of buildings over several months last year.

More than €20,000 worth of damage was caused to a variety of buildings which were targeted by the defendants including shops, business premises, schools and sporting facilities.

Following the intervention of Una Heaton, the director of the Frank McCourt Museum, all four men agreed to carry out cleanup works at some of the buildings which had been tagged.

However, during a review of the case, Limerick Court was told that Mr Fogarty, who was not present in court, had not carried out the works as agreed.

Issuing a bench warrant for his arrest, Judge Eugene O’Kelly commented that his attitude towards the cleanup had been “most unsatisfactory”.

The judge was told another of the defendants - Nathan Murray, aged 20, who has an address at Mahon House, Upper William Street - had also “done nothing”.

He was ordered to carry out 90 hours community service in lieu of a three month prison sentence.

The Probation Act was applied in the case of the remaining two defendants after the court was informed by Limerick City Council they had “acted responsibly” and had “done satisfactory work”.

Judge O’Kelly was told Jonathan Noonan, aged 20 with an address at Upper Cecil Street completed 18 days of restorative work and that Ian Hopkins, aged 22, of Kildoorus, Clonlara had completed 17 days.

The judge said both men had faced up to their actions adding he hoped they would put their artistic talents to better use in the future.