Wednesday 28 September 2016

Man (33) threw bricks and smashed windows of home as terrified woman cowered inside

Published 11/02/2016 | 15:24

Andrew Boland
Andrew Boland

A homeowner ducked for cover after a man started throwing bricks at the front of her house, smashing the windows in the French doors.

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Andrew Boland (33) had denied causing damage to the woman's house, saying he had no grievance with her.

Judge Bridget Reilly ordered a probation report.

Boland, who is also known as Andy Mahoney, has been ordered to pay €630 compensation for the damage.

The defendant, of Cloonmore Road in Tallaght, was found guilty before Tallaght District Court of criminal damage at Bawnlea Crescent in Tallaght on June 13, 2015.

The homeowner said she was getting ready for work when she heard a front window breaking.

She said she ran out of the house and saw Boland, who she recognised straight away.

She said he started throwing bricks at her, she ducked and one of them hit her ankle.

The court heard the middle sitting room window was smashed as well as a window in the French doors.

The woman said she was frightened by the incident, and suffered from anxiety and sleeplessness afterwards.

In his evidence, Boland denied he was the culprit.

Finding him guilty, Judge Reilly said the victim clearly identified Boland as the culprit.

The court heard Boland has 42 previous convictions.

Defence solicitor Michael Hennessy asked the judge to adjourn the matter so father of two Boland can compensate the victim for the damage.

Herald

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