Smashed win­dows of van

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS -

AN En­nis­cor­thy man ap­peared be­fore the District Court last week charged with crim­i­nal dam­age af­ter he smashed the win­dows of a Citroen Ber­lingo van at Shin­gan on Au­gust 30 of last year.

Tony Mur­phy (34) of 51 Gi­mont Av­enue was present in court and pleaded guilty to the charge. Solic­i­tor John Burke O’Leary said that he was re­luc­tant to deal with the mat­ter there and then, how­ever, his client, on the ad­vice of his ther­a­pist, was anx­ious to have the mat­ter dealt with on the day and to put it be­hind him.

When asked if the in­jured party would like the op­por­tu­nity to speak, Sgt Mairead Bro­phy replied that the in­jured party didn’t wish to pro­ceed with the mat­ter at the time, but the case was brought by the DPP as the de­fen­dant con­tin­ued to smash up the ve­hi­cle in the pres­ence of gar­daí.

Mr Burke O’Leary said that the in­ci­dent had in­volved a dis­pute be­tween the vic­tim and his client over a dog, which had left Mur­phy out of pocket, and this was the rea­son that the in­jured party didn’t wish to pro­ceed.

‘It’s not just the vic­tim who has an in­ter­est in pro­ceed­ings,’ said Judge Haughton. ‘ The case is brought by the DPP on be­half of the pub­lic.’

Upon hear­ing all the ev­i­dence in the case, Judge Haughton handed Mur­phy a €200 fine.

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