Saturday 24 March 2018

Man (19) accused of €28k damage to paintings at Shelbourne hotel has case withdrawn

The Shelbourne hotel Pic: Mark Condren
The Shelbourne hotel Pic: Mark Condren

Andrew Phelan

THE State has dropped its case against a young man accused of damaging of two valuable paintings at Dublin's Shelbourne Hotel.

Jamie Shannon (19) was one of two men to be charged with damaging the €28,000 artworks in an incident earlier this year.

The case against him was withdrawn by the prosecution and struck out when it came before Dublin District Court today.

Mr Shannon, with an address at Empress Place Dublin 1, had been charged with causing criminal damage to the paintings at the Shelbourne on January 8.

The court had heard they had a combined value of €28,000 and were damaged beyond repair.

Today, Mr Shannon appeared in court for the third time in relation to the charges. The case had been adjourned previously for the DPP's directions to be made available.

State Solicitor Mary Kate Halpin told Judge Denis McLoughlin that the charge was being withdrawn.

The judge then struck the case out. Defence Solicitor Edward Flynn made no other applications and Mr Shannon did not address the court during the brief hearing.

A co-accused, his uncle Andrew Shannon (48) of Ongar Way, Dublin 15 is still awaiting trial on the charges.

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