Man put his head through shop win­dow

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Liam Heylin

A young man put his head through a shop win­dow in Car­ri­ga­line af­ter a night of drink­ing and caused a lot of dam­age to him­self, as well was break­ing the large win­dow.

At Cork Dis­trict Court, the ac­cused was given a four­month sus­pended jail term and a 150-hour com­mu­nity ser­vice order for that and other crimes.

In­spec­tor Daniel Co­holan said that when gar­daí ar­rived at the scene of the crim­i­nal dam­age they found the ac­cused, Gareth Browne, bleed­ing heav­ily from the head and in a hys­ter­i­cal con­di­tion.

There was a crowd of young peo­ple around him as he lay bleed­ing on the ground.

Eye­wit­nesses told Garda Di­nah Birn­baum that Browne, 21, of 36 Maglin Grove, Togher, Cork, had put his head through the win­dow of Jen’s hair sa­lon on Main St, Car­ri­ga­line.

The in­ci­dent had oc­curred af­ter mid­night on Novem­ber 5, 2015.

Garda Birn­baum saw a large group of youths stand­ing around Browne, who was ly­ing on the ground, bleed­ing from a wound to the right side of his head, and in a hys­ter­i­cal state.

He re­fused to go to hos­pi­tal on the night.

“He had put his head through the shop win­dow,” Insp Co­holan said.

Apart from the in­jury he caused to him­self, the de­fen­dant also caused dam­age to the hair sa­lon, which had only opened for busi­ness one week be­fore the in­ci­dent

The win­dow had cost €317 to re­place.

So­lic­i­tor Donal Daly said the cost of the crim­i­nal dam­age was re­paid in full by the ac­cused.

Mr Daly said the crim­i­nal dam­age de­fied logic and it was not clear at the time whether the de­fen­dant was try­ing to dam­age the prop­erty or dam­age him­self.

Mr Daly said the of­fence was in­ex­pli­ca­ble.

As well as that charge, the ac­cused pleaded guilty to as­sault­ing an­other man out­side Car­ri­ga­line Garda Sta­tion on Au­gust 10, 2015.

The man ar­rived at the sta­tion and claimed he had been head­but­ted.

Gar­daí saw Browne out­side with a cut on his knuck­les and he had ad­mit­ted the as­sault.

Fur­ther­more, he also ad­mit­ted pub­lic order charges aris­ing out of the in­ci­dent at the sa­lon.

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