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Dad smashed all of his brother's car windows


Charlie McDonagh leaving Tallaght District Court

Charlie McDonagh leaving Tallaght District Court

Charlie McDonagh leaving Tallaght District Court

A FATHER who smashed all the windows in his brother's car will be jailed unless he pays compensation.

Charlie McDonagh (33) caused some €1,200 worth of damage to his brother's car and subsequently appeared in Tallaght District Court.

Judge Anthony Halpin described the incident as an "act of madness".

Judge Halpin said McDonagh must pay for the damage caused otherwise he faces going to jail. He adjourned the matter until Thursday.

McDonagh, of Donomore Crescent, Tallaght, had admitted a charge of criminal damage. The attack took place outside his brother's house at Montpellier View in Tallaght on February 13.

Garda Stephen O'Neill said he was called to the victim's house around 11.30am.

McDonagh had smashed all the windows in his brother's Ford Galaxy car, causing damage of €1,200.



The court heard McDonagh has seven previous convictions, mostly for traffic matters.

Defence solicitor John O'Leary said McDonagh realised straight away that what he did was wrong and he made a full statement to gardai.

Mr O'Leary said he had hoped that the defendant and his brother would be able to resolve the matter without troubling the court, but had been unable to do so.

The court heard that McDonagh is one of 20 siblings.

He has six children and his wife is currently expecting their seventh child.

Mr O'Leary said McDonagh was sorry for his behaviour which he realises was out of order. He said McDonagh did not have any compensation in court and he asked for the judge to give McDonagh one more chance.

Judge Halpin said he would adjourn the matter until Thursday, saying McDonagh should have the compensation in court on that day or face going to jail.