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