Man who refused to get off bonnet of parked car in Limerick was trespassing

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Judge Marian O’Leary imposed a €200 fine after convicting the defendant

Judge Marian O’Leary imposed a €200 fine after convicting the defendant

A MAN who refused to get off the bonnet of a car which was parked in the front driveway of a house in Limerick has been fined €200.

Christian Mihai, aged 41, who has an address at University Court, Castletroy was prosecuted under the provisions of the Public Order Act in relation to an incident at Drominbeg, Rhebogue on November 28, 2016.

Judge Marian O’Leary was told the defendant called to the house at around 12 mdday and asked if he could buy the car which had not been used for some time.

“He was asking about the car, was it for sale?, I said it wasn’t,” said the man who lives at the house.

In his evidence, he said he did not believe the defendant intended buying the car and that he refused to leave despite being asked.

Gardai Kevin Motherway said when he arrived at around 1pm, he observed the defendant smoking and sitting on the bonnet of the car.

Inspector Padraig Byrnes submitted the defendant became a trespasser “as soon as he was informed he was not welcome and was asked to leave”.

However, Solicitor Con Barry insisted his client’s only intention was to enquire about buying the car and that “no offence was committed”.

Judge O’Leary disagreed and formally convicted the defendant.

Mr Mihai was given six months to pay the fine.