County Limerick man charged with kicking his next door neighbour’s car boot

Donal O'Regan

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Donal O'Regan

The man has been charged with kicking the boot of his next door neighbour’s car, allegedly causing €510 worth of damage

The man has been charged with kicking the boot of his next door neighbour’s car, allegedly causing €510 worth of damage

A BRUREE man has been charged with kicking the boot of his next door neighbour’s car, allegedly causing €510 worth of damage.

Garda David Higgins gave evidence of arresting and charging John Harris, aged 23, of De Valera Park, Bruree with criminal damage.

“His reply to the charge after caution was ‘not guilty,” said Garda Higgins, who objected to Mr Harris receiving bail. Sabina Hegerty, solicitor for Mr Harris, made a bail application on behalf of her client.

Garda Higgins said: “It is my belief he will continue to commit further serious crimes.”

The Bruff-based garda said at 10.30pm on October 17, 2018 they received a call from a woman living in De Valera Park.

“The lady was in her house. She heard shouting. She looked outside and saw Mr Harris kick the boot of her car. The following morning, when she was going to work she observed the damage. It cost €510.75 to repair. She made a formal statement of complaint to gardai,” said Garda Higgins, who objected to bail as Mr Harris is “liable to commit other serious offences”.

Ms Hegerty asked Garda Higgins if Mr Harris had been interviewed.

“No,” said Garda Higgins.

“Was he given the opportunity to give his version of events,” asked Ms Hegerty.

“No,” said Garda Higgins.

“He replied ‘not guilty’ to the charge. It is innocent until proven guilty,” said Ms Hegerty, who asked Judge Timothy Lucey to grant her client bail.

“He is an apprentice fabricator and has a practical exam coming up. It is one person’s word against the other. He was not given the opportunity to give his version of events,” said Ms Hegerty.

Judge Lucey said it is fair to say while it is a serious charge it will probably be dealt with in the district court.

“Technically it is serious but it is not that serious. There is a presumption of innocence. I am granting bail subject to conditions,” said Judge Lucey.

Mr Harris is to sign on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday in Bruff Garda Station, obey a curfew of 11pm to 7am, reside in De Valera Park, Bruree and be of good behaviour.

The case was adjourned until November 20 for DPP’s directions.