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Father-of-four smashed car windscreens with golf club

A FATHER-of-four used a golf club to smash in the windscreens of cars belonging to a man and his daughter because of a long-running family feud, a court heard.

Michael Sweeney (35) went to the victim's house and carried out the attacks while the cars were parked outside.

He has been given time to pay compensation for the damage he caused in the incident, which happened seven months after a similar episode.



Sweeney, who is unemployed, of Hamilton Street, South Circular Road, pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal damage.

Dublin District Court heard the offences happened at Rafter's Avenue, Drimnagh, on October 4 last year.

The court heard the accused went into the driveway of the house on October 4 and used an implement – "either a stick or a golf club" – to smash the man's car windows.

He then did the same to his daughter's car windscreen. The accused was seen doing this by the man.

Sweeney ran from the house, but was captured on CCTV. The court heard €162 worth of damage was caused to the first car and €172 worth to the second.

Sweeney has a total of 27 previous convictions, including three for criminal damage, seven for public order and 15 for motoring offences.

In March 2012, he had caused criminal damage in relation to the "same individual".

On a previous court date, the accused, his brother and a victim had all been put on a peace bond by the judge, Sweeney's barrister explained.

The bond was subsequent to the matter before the court.

"There was an ongoing feud, if you like", counsel told Judge Catherine Murphy. She asked if there was "further ongoing acrimony between the families".

Garda Mark Nolan said there was a further alleged incident that another station was dealing with, but there had been no charges in relation to that.

Sweeney had met the garda by appointment and, when shown the CCTV footage, which was "not very clear", he identified himself.



"You can't go and break somebody's car window. It's a very serious matter.

"It was in my mind to send you to prison today," Judge Murphy said. "You have to pay for your actions."

The judge adjourned the case to September 2 for payment of the first €200 of the compensation. She said she would then grant a further adjournment for the balance to be paid.