Man who smashed €3,000 win­dow at coun­cil HQ is re­manded in cus­tody

Wexford People - - NEWS -

PLEAS of guilty were en­tered as James Cos­grave (32) with ad­dresses at Shel­malier Com­mon in Barn­town and 7 Cur­r­a­cloe Hol­i­day Vil­las, faced crim­i­nal dam­age charges at Wex­ford Dis­trict Court.

The cost of re­plac­ing the win­dow which Cos­grave smashed at Wex­ford County Coun­cil head­quar­ters in Car­rick­lawn was put at €3,000.

And he also caused €184 worth of dam­age to stock at the TK Maxx store in the town as he at­tempted to rip a se­cu­rity tag off a jacket.

The in­ci­dent at the coun­cil oc­curred when Cos­grave be­came irate af­ter at­tend­ing the housing sec­tion, pick­ing up a bollard with which he broke the win­dow.

Solic­i­tor Ray­mond Rowan ap­peared on be­half of the ac­cused, de­scrib­ing the fa­ther of three as home­less for some time.

Mr Rowan reck­oned that his client had a se­ri­ous men­tal ill­ness, re­port­ing that Cos­grave first ex­pe­ri­enced what he de­scribed as a psy­chotic episode four years ago.

The con­di­tion was un­di­ag­nosed as far as the solic­i­tor was aware, but he re­ported that the de­fen­dant had been hear­ing voices.

Sergeant Gary Rayner op­posed the grant­ing of bail, telling Judge Ger­ard Haughton that Cos­grave had at­tempted to es­cape from cus­tody, as­sault­ing a garda in the process.

The judge re­manded him in cus­tody to the court sit­ting on Septem­ber 19 and or­dered a psy­chi­atric re­port.

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