Sunday 25 February 2018

Irate pensioner 'took law into her own hands' and scratched cars with corkscrew


Andrew Phelan

A pensioner who became irate at motorists parking outside her house "took the law into her own hands" and used a corkscrew to scrape their cars, a court has heard.

Eileen Keohane (74), a retired public servant, acted "irrationally" and caused €1,000 worth of damage to two cars.

Judge Aeneas McCarthy struck her case out at Dublin District Court after she paid compensation.

Keohane pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal damage to cars outside her home at Bellevue Copse, Booterstown, on January 29 and February 10 this year.

She also admitted possession of a three-inch metal corkscrew with intent to damage.

Dublin District Court heard Keohane damaged an Audi A3 in the first incident and a Skoda Octavia in the second.

Garda Derek McGrath said the damage was caused to a front driver's door and a rear passenger door.

Keohane had no previous convictions, had worked in the public service for many years and was now retired, her solicitor Michael Kelleher said.


There was a parking issue and she had written to Dublin City Council. Other people had been "abusing" the roadway by leaving their cars there for the day to avoid parking fees.

"It became an enormous thing for her that these people were parked there and she felt everybody was ignoring her, and she took the law into her own hands," Mr Kelleher said.

"It was incredibly foolish for somebody who has been law-abiding all her life. She accepts entirely that she acted irrationally. It is bizarre that somebody from her background and of her disposition would do something like this at a very late stage in her life."

Judge McCarthy asked if Keohane had learned her lesson.

Gda McGrath said "the importance had been stressed" to Keohane "in very clear terms" that there must be no further incidents.

She had paid full compensation and had not sought to be legally aided in the case.

Keohane declined to comment on the matter when approached by the Herald.


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