Car broken into while Limerick owner went for walk at scenic area

Donal O'Regan

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Donal O'Regan

Two Limerick men have pleaded guilty to breaking into a car and causing €1,000 worth of damage at Kilmallock Court

Two Limerick men have pleaded guilty to breaking into a car and causing €1,000 worth of damage at Kilmallock Court

TWO Limerick men have pleaded guilty to breaking into a car and causing €1,000 worth of damage at Kilmallock Court.

Jason Casey, aged 25, of temporary halting site, Coonagh and James McDonagh, aged 21, of caravan behind Tesco, Coonagh roundabout appeared before Judge Marian O’Leary.

Sergeant Michelle Leahy said at 5.10pm on February 15, 2017, the injured party parked his car at Ballinamona, Askeaton.

“He went for a walk in the scenic area. When he returned he found the passenger window was smashed and the car was ransacked. Chrome beading was stolen from the car. The total damage caused was €1,000,” said Sgt Leahy.

Erin O’Hagan BL, who represented Casey, said her client is the father one child with another on the way.

“At the time he and his wife were homeless and awaiting accommodation. His excuse for doing this was to raise some form of means. He has obtained accommodation,” said Ms O’Hagan.

The barrister said Casey had €200 in court for compensation.

“There is €300 outstanding. It will be raised,” said Ms O’Hagan.

Michael O’Donnell, solicitor for McDonagh, said his client also has €200 in court for compensation for the injured party.

“He has put his hands up,” said Mr O’Donnell.

Judge O’Leary adjourned sentencing until March 18 for Casey and McDonagh to pay the remaining €500 owed in damages to the injured party.