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Removal of caravan led to pills ‘relapse’

Solicitor John Herbert said the criminal damage offences were caused after client relapsed into using pills

Solicitor John Herbert said the criminal damage offences were caused after client relapsed into using pills

  • by Mike Dwane
 

A MAN who appeared in court charged with causing criminal damage to a property on Mallow Street went back to the same address that day and repeated the offence.

Danny Connors, 20, with an address at Clondrinagh Park, Ennis Road, Limerick, pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal damage on consecutive days - June 29 and 30 last - and to intoxication in a public place on the earlier date.

Mr Connors had been living at the address with his wife and child, his solicitor John Herbert said.

“Mr Connors family resided on Clondrinagh halting site and he is the oldest in his family. His mother left the home when he was 13 and he stepped into the breach as the oldest and he tended to the welfare of his family as best he could,” Mr Herbert explained to Judge Eugene O’Kelly.

The accused had himself married at the age of 17 and his relations with his father had become increasingly strained. In the week prior to the criminal damage incidents, Mr Connors’ caravan had been removed by his father “after an allegation he had stolen from his father, which he denies”, Mr Herbert explained.

This had “given rise to great upset” over what he saw as the “symbolic ending of all relations with his family”.

Mr Connors had “relapsed” into taking pills and drinking, arising from which the criminal damage offences had occurred, Mr Herbert said.

Judge O’Kelly ordered a report into Mr Connors’ suitability for 80 hours community service in lieu of two months in prison in relation to the criminal damage offence on June 29.

And he remanded him on bail to October 15 in relation to the other criminal damage offence. The aggravating factor was that he had left court and gone back to the same address and committed the same offence. The appropriate sentence was four months but Judge O’Kelly added he could be persuaded to suspend the term should €250 in compensation be paid.

 
 
 

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