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Grieving mum smashed up car over flower row

A YOUNG mother smashed up a car belonging to a petrol station attendant after he refused to let her into the shop so she could buy flowers to put on her partner's grave, a court heard.

Jodie Hogan (22) jumped on the bonnet of the man's car, which was parked in the station forecourt, and smashed the windscreen in her anger during the incident in the early hours of the morning.

Her lawyer said Hogan could see the flowers inside the shop and had the money to pay for them.

The court heard that Hogan was planning on putting the flowers on her boyfriend's grave. He was a victm of tragic circumstances more than a year ago.

A judge ordered the defendant to pay compensation of €500 and said he would strike out the matter.

Hogan, with an address at Griffith Close in Finglas, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to a charge of criminal damage.

The incident took place at Topaz, Kilshane Cross, Finglas shortly before 1.30am on November 21 last year.

Sergeant Damien Galligan said Hogan jumped onto the bonnet of the red 1997-registered Mazda 323, smashing the windscreen. She also kicked both mirrors, causing €500 worth of damage.

Defence lawyer Aoife O'Leary said Hogan's boyfriend, the father of her young child, died more than a year ago.

On the night of the offence, Hogan found herself near to the graveyard where he was buried and decided she would buy some flowers to put on the grave.

She went to Topaz to buy the flowers but the shop assistant wouldn't sell them to her, even though she could see them in the shop.

The court heard that Hogan's father also died in 2008, six weeks before her boyfriend.

Judge Hugh O'Donnell ordered the defendant to pay compensation for the damage she caused to the car, and said that he would strike out the matter.