Smashed windows of van
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.