A YOUNG man who smashed the front window of a neighbour’s house with an iron bar will have to carry our community service to avoid a prison sentence.
John Hall, aged 22, of 26 Johnsgate Village had denied causing criminal damage to a house a 53 Johnsgate Village on October 5, last.
During a contested hearing, Detective Garda Barry O’Grady said he attended 53 Johnsgate Village shortly after 9pm after gardai received reports of a street fight.
He said he observed a window had been smashed as had a glass panel of the front door.
Judge Marian O’Leary was told that after making enquiries the detective went to defendant’s home where he observed a window had also been smashed.
Detective Garda O’Grady said Mr Hall was “extremely irate” and that he noticed his hand was bleeding.
He said the defendant admitted, under caution, there had been a dispute with a number of other people the previous evening during which a knife was allegedly held to his girlfriend’s throat.
He said on the day of the incident, he “went ballistic” after his window was smashed.
The court heard that Mr Hall told the detective he then went down to 53 Johnsgate Village where he “put in” the windows with an iron bar, which was around three feet long.
Seeking to have the charge dismissed, Solicitor Darach McCarthy said his client accepted he had caused damage - but not criminal damage
He noted that gardai did not receive any complaint from the owner of the house and he submitted there was no evidence that his client did not have permission to damage the windows.
“If I give you permission to smash the windows of my house and you do it, are you committing an offence?” he asked Detective Garda O’Grady who replied: “Probably not.”
After convicting Mr Hall, of the charge, Judge Marian O’Leary adjourned the case until after Easter to facilitate the preparation of a community service report.