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Dad of two smashed pub window on night out


Patrick Kaye

Patrick Kaye

Patrick Kaye

A FATHER-of-two who smashed in the window of a Dublin pub on a drunken night out has been told to pay compensation to avoid jail.

Patrick Kaye (23) had no recollection of the incident in which he broke the bar window in the city centre, a court has heard.

Judge Michael Coghlan adjourned the case against him for payment of €318 to the owners.

Kaye, of Auburn Heights, Athlone, Co Westmeath, pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage at the Turk's Head, Parliament Street on October 12 last.

Sergeant Niall Gillooly told Dublin District Court gardai on patrol were called to the scene after the damage was caused. The accused was pointed out.

Defence Barrister Helen Whately said Kaye did not recall what happened on the night in question.

He had consumed a "considerable amount of alcohol" and held his hands up.

"He accepts he was drunk and accepts the garda's evidence," Ms Whately said.

The accused was an apprentice mechanic of limited means and his children were aged four and five years.

Kaye had learned his lesson and had not been out drinking since the incident.

He accepted drink was a factor, although he did not have "an issue with alcohol as such".

Kaye was prepared to pay compensation for the damage if given time to save the money, Ms Whately added.

Judge Coghlan adjourned the case to a date in February.

He said if the defendant had the money paid by the next date he would convict and fine him €100, with five months to pay it.

However, he said Kaye would be sentenced to a month in prison if he does not pay the compensation.

The judge said he would excuse the accused's attendance on the next occasion if the money was "in hand".