Sunday 22 July 2018

'Bored' milkman who egged houses avoids prison

Paul Keating
Paul Keating

Eimear Cotter

A man who together with two colleagues egged houses on a milk round for nearly three months has been ordered to carry out community service.

Paul Keating (32) was surrounded by open cartons of eggs when gardai stopped him early one morning.

The men had targeted one house in particular and did not realise the impact their behaviour had on the retired woman living there, a court heard.

They have since paid more than €2,000 for the damage they caused, mostly to cars parked outside the houses.

Keating's two accomplices were previously ordered to complete community service.

Judge Ann Ryan ordered Keating to complete 100 hours of community service in lieu of two months in prison.

Defence solicitor Mark Quinn said Keating was appealing the sentence, and he immediately lodged appeal papers.

The defendant had admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to criminal damage to vehicles at Weavers Row and Lambourne Road, Clonsilla, on dates between October 2 and November 19 last year.

The court heard that Keating, of Castleknock Elms, Castle- knock, had never been in trouble before.

Defence solicitor Mark Quinn had said Keating had no explanation for his behaviour, other than it was "pure stupidity".

Herald

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