Gorey man landed with €1,200 bill for dam­ag­ing win­dows of town pub

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS -

A BILL for €1,200 fol­lowed as Ivan O’Con­nor (34) from Kelvick, Ark­low Road, Gorey was found guilty of dam­ag­ing win­dows at a lo­cal public house.

O’Con­nor was recog­nised as the man seen on CCTV strik­ing four win­dows at the Coach House in Gorey on the night of Septem­ber 24, 2015.

Garda Ais­ling Daly told how a war­rant was is­sued and O’Con­nor’s home searched the fol­low­ing day when a ham­mer was seized in the kitchen of the house.

The ac­cused man – fa­ther of two with an­other due shortly – in­sisted that he was in Christie’s pub in Ark­low on the night in ques­tion.

He told the court that he was watch­ing World Cup rugby and drink­ing Bud­weiser.

A man called John Ro­nan was called to give al­ibi ev­i­dence, telling Judge Ger­ard Haughton that he picked up the de­fen­dant in his jeep that evening and brought him home af­ter the rugby.

How­ever, af­ter see­ing the CCTV footage, the judge con­victed O’Con­nor of crim­i­nal dam­age, ad­journ­ing the case to De­cem­ber 20 to see what compensation is ac­cu­mu­lated by the de­fen­dant in the mean­time.

The Coach House, Gorey.

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