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Thursday 18 September 2014

Man kicked fridge display in kebab shop

Published 26/07/2014 | 12:00

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A KNOCKBRIDGE man who kicked a fridge display in a Dundalk kebab shop was given the benefit of the probation act after he paid the €1,000 in compensation.

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A KNOCKBRIDGE man who kicked a fridge display in a Dundalk kebab shop was given the benefit of the probation act after he paid the €1,000 in compensation.

Cathal McKenna (21), Littlemills, admitted, at an earlier sitting of the district court, criminal damage and intoxication charges arising out of the incident at Zam Zam, River Lane on August 27.

Judge Flann Brennan heard how, shortly before 3 a.m., gardaí were called to go to the fast food outlet where staff alleged that McKenna had come in and kicked the fridge display, breaking the glass side of it.

He left, but returned and there was a further incident and gardai attended.

Gardaí said, 'Some form of curry powder had been sprayed into the defendant's face' and he was 'having a problem dealing with that'.

McKenna has no previous convictions, the court was told.

Solicitor Paula Tiernan said her client had been 'extremely intoxicated' on the night and 'accepts his behaviour was reckless and makes no excuses'.

The case had been adjourned to last week when Ms Tiernan said McKenna got a part-time job to save for the €1,000 compensation which he brought to court. She asked the judge not to record a conviction as McKenna has hopes to go to Australia or the USA. Judge Brennan found the facts proven and dismissed the case and told McKenna: 'Control your instinct to misbehave like this and don't do it again'.

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