Two in court over illegal ‘tagging’ of Limerick buildings

David Hurley

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David Hurley

"Tagged" - It is alleged that �3,000 worth of damage was caused at the old gas works, O'Curry Street
TWO young men were granted bail when they appeared in court charged with causing thousands of euro worth of damage to several buildings in the city by “tagging” them with graffiti.

TWO young men were granted bail when they appeared in court charged with causing thousands of euro worth of damage to several buildings in the city by “tagging” them with graffiti.

Jonathan Noonan, aged 19, of Russell Close, Ballykeefe, Raheen is charged with causing criminal damage at the old gas workssite on O’Curry Street on April 2, last.

It is alleged that on that date he caused around €3,000 worth of damage to the building by spray painting.

Noonan, who was arrested nearby on the evening of the alleged offence is also accused of trespassing at the site, which is owned by the Office of Public Works.

Separately, Ian Hopkins, aged 21, of Kildoorus, Clonlara appeared before Limerick Court, charged with five counts of causing criminal damage to buildings in the city centre on dates last summer.

He was arrested and charged earlier this month by gardai, who received a formal complaint last September in relation to incidents of so called “tagging” in the city centre.

All of the offences are alleged to have happened on various dates between May 1, 2012 and August 31, 2012.

According to court documents, the total amount of damage allegedly caused by the defendant was €1,880. The damage caused to each of the individual properties is alleged to have ranged from €100 to €500.

Hopkins is accused of causing damage to a number of different premises.

There are Hartstonge Gate Apartments, Henry Street; Healy Achitects, Glentworth Street; Mount Kenneth House, Mount Kenneth; Allens, William Street and Saint Michael’s Rowing Club, O’Callaghan Strand.

Sgt Donal Cronin said each of the defendants had been granted station bail when they were charged and that there was no ojection them being remanded on continuing bail.

Each of the defendants were remanded on continuing bail to appear before the same court again on June 26, next when a number of similar cases are due before the court.

In relation to Mr Noonan Judge O’Kelly commented that the amount of damage allegedly caused was significant.

He also noted that he is before the court for similar offences, which are alleged to have happened last summer.