Tuesday 16 October 2018

Man jailed after failing to pay up

Nicola Donnelly

A tenant who 'went overboard' after he fell out with his landlord caused €1,500 worth of damage after he smashed up the front door of the house he was renting has been sentenced to three months in prison.

Nice Usoro (44) had been ordered to come up with compensation to pay for the damage. He already paid €500 but was to bring a further €1,000 to court.

However, Swords District Court heard the defendant's mother had passed away in Nigeria and he had to use the money he had saved as compensation to fly over to attend her funeral.

'He had fully planned to bring the money with him today but his mother died and he had to return to Nigeria,' explained solicitor John Hennessy.

'He apologises and is asking for one final chance. But he won't stretch the patience of the court anymore.'

Judge Dermot Dempsey told the defendant he had 'ample opportunity' to come up with the money.

'The case was put back five times and he was given a specific warning the last time to come up with the money,' said Judge Dempsey and imposed a three month prison sentence.

The defendant, of Cherrygarth, Balbriggan, Co Dublin who pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage to a house at Castleland Court in Balbriggan on March 15, 2017.

The court previously heard the defendant to the house to collect his belongings after he was evicted from the premises and panicked as he had valuable items that his family had given him in the house.

Garda Kevin Fitzpatrick gave evidence Usoro had an argument with his landlord and smashed in the glass front door.

The door came off its hinges, the court heard.

'He had gone back to collect his items, some of which were valuable,' his solicitor said.

'There was an element of panic but he knows he went way overboard.'

After imposing the prison sentence, Judge Dempsey fixed recognisances in the event of an appeal.

Fingal Independent