Tragedy strikes young Irishman one day after pleading guilty in court case in Australia
Published 08/05/2014 | 15:39
The young man who declared earlier this week that a Melbourne flood damage court case had ruined his life has died.
The 29-year-old died yesterday.
Consular assistance is being provided to his family.
Mr Gaffney, who was originally from Lanesborough in Co Longford, pleaded guilty to criminal damage and was handed a $10,000 fine over an incident in April last year when he set off a fire hydrant in a hotel.
The flooding caused an estimated $500,000 worth of damage and forced the evacuation of the hotel.
Chief Judge Michael Rozenes said it was hard to see where the evil lay in Mr Gaffney’s conduct.
Judge Rozenes said Gaffney had been heavily intoxicated, but there was no malicious intent to cause damage to the hotel, and it was just a stupid act that he would never have contemplated if he was sober.
Gaffney, the youngest of six children, said he felt ashamed by the incident.
“This entire thing has ruined my life completely,” Gaffney said. “I’ve spent 10 years in Australia trying to better myself and in the space of one night everything can be taken away from you.
“People who go out for the night and drink too much can ruin themselves completely.”
Mr Gaffney completed a carpentry apprenticeship and moved to Queensland where he worked for the construction company McNab.