Wednesday 21 March 2018

Louth student caused €2k damage to ex-girlfriend's car, court hears

Nicola Donnelly

AN ENGINEERING student who caused €2,000 worth of damage to his ex-girlfriend's car after she refused him entry into her apartment has been convicted and fined at Swords District Court.

Liam Kinahan (30) of Dromiskin Cross in Co Louth, who represented himself, pleaded guilty before the court to causing criminal damage to his ex-girlfriend's car by damaging both wing mirrors, and denting a door and car booth. The offences occurred on January 5th outside The Gallery Apartments in Donabate.

Sergeant Bob Kavanagh gave evidence of arrest charge and caution by way of certificates and schedules.

He said at 7am the defendant called to his ex-girlfriend's apartment but when he was refused entry, he started shouting. He then started to kick her 2012 registered Volkswagen Golf car and caused the damage.

Sgt Kavanagh said Kinahan admitted causing the damage and paid his ex-girlfriend €2,000 to cover the costs.

Sgt Kavanagh told the court that the injured party had asked gardai to withdraw the charges.

Kinahan, who has no previous convictions, apologised to the court and said he was 'drunk and angry.'

Judge Dermot Dempsey asked the student if he realised that if he gets a conviction that this may affect his right to travel and asked Kinahan could he come up with a charitable donation instead.

Kinahan said he would not be in a position to make a payment to charity and as a result, Judge Dempsey convicted and fined him €200.

'You can live with the conviction,' Judge Dempsey told him.

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