A YOUNG man has admitted breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s home and stealing her pet dog in an attempt to “antagonise” her.
David Markham, aged 25, who has an address at Coolraine Heights, Old Cratloe Road pleaded guilty, at Limerick Court, to a burglary charge relating to the incident which happened on December 2, last.
Outlining the facts of the case, Sergeant Donal Cronin said the defendant forced open the front door of the house at Cliona Park, Moyross before entering the premises.
The incident happened at 1.30pm and once inside, Mr Markham proceeded to take his ex-girlfriend’s pet dog.
Sgt Cronin told Judge Eugene O’Kelly that the owner of the dog and Mr Markham had been in a relationship in the past and that they have a young daughter.
He said the defendant cooperated with investigating gardai when questioned about the incident after his ex-partner made a formal complaint.
The court was told the said the dog has since been returned to its owner and that it was not harmed in any way by the defendant.
The breed of the dog was not outlined to the court during this Wednesday’s proceedings.
Around €300 worth of damage was caused to the front door and the court was told that Mr Markham was willing to pay €500 in compensation to his ex-partner. “That (figure) is entirely acceptable and appropriate” said Sgt Cronin.
Solicitor John Herbert said the genesis of his client’s actions were due to difficulties he had been experiencing seeing his child.
However, Mr Herbert added that when he “cooled down” he realised his actions had been entirely unacceptable and inappropriate.
When asked by Judge O’Kelly, Mr Herbert denied that his client had intended using the dog as leverage to gain access to his daughter.
“It was intended to antagonise her as he himself had been antagonised,” he insisted having taking instructions from Mr Markham.
This submission was not disputed by Sgt Cronin.
Noting that an offer of compensation had been made in relation to the damage to the door, Judge O’Kelly agreed to adjourn the case until June 4, next to allow the monies to be paid over to the injured party.
Commenting on the facts of the case, the judge noted that the family law courts are there to settle difficulties such as those outlined to the court.