A Dublin man who used a crow bar and angle grinder to destroy a parking meter because he was annoyed about a fine has received a two year suspended sentence.
Peter Moore (25) of Lynnwood, Ballyboughal, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to criminal damage at Chapel Lane, Swords on January 20, 2015. His 47 previous convictions include road traffic offences, criminal damage and theft.
Referring to the few weeks Moore has been in custody on the matter, Judge Martin Nolan told him: “I hope you've taken note of your surroundings because if you keep going the way you are going, it will become your habitat.”
The judge ordered that the €3,000 Moore had previously raised be forwarded to Fingal County Council. He gave Moore two years to raise a further €3,000 for the council.
Garda Amanda King told Anne Rowland BL, prosecuting, she arrived at Chapel Lane to find Moore putting an angle grinder and crow bar in a boot of a nearby car.
She arrested him and he later admitted in interview that he damaged the parking meter because he was angry about a parking fine.
Fingal County Council estimated that the damage cost it €11,000 which included the re-installation of a new parking meter, disposal of the damaged one and removal of the concrete base of the old one.
Gda King agreed with Paul Comiskey O'Keeffe BL, defending, that Moore had a cocaine and alcohol addiction but also acts as a carer for his mother who has motor neuron disease.
Mr Comiskey O'Keeffe said Moore worked with the Homeless World Cup charity and assisted them with fundraising activities. He said his client had taken “steps towards his rehabilitation”.
Judge Martin Nolan described Moore as a vandal and noted his previous convictions for criminal damage.
He said Moore had an obligation to obey the law and said he was “somewhat a menace” but noted his criminality was “mostly” for minor offences.