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Husband cleared of €2k car smash at neighbour's house

A MAN accused of driving his wife's car through their neighbour's front gates and into a van which was parked on the driveway has had the charges struck out.

Francis O'Hanlon (49) was accused of smashing his next-door neighbour's van into the front of the man's house, causing over €2,000 worth of damage to the front wall and gates.

The defendant, of Bessborough Parade in Rathmines, appeared before Tallaght District Court charged with four counts of criminal damage. The alleged incident took place at Fortunestown Crescent in Tallaght at 1.30am on September 10.

It was alleged that O'Hanlon took his wife's Nissan Almeria car and drove it through the front gates of their neighbour's house. The gates were closed at the time.

Garda Sergeant Carmel Henry had claimed the car banged into the rear of a Ford Transit van, pushing it towards the front door and smashing it into the front wall of the house.

The front lawn and a number of flower pots and plants were also allegedly damaged during the incident.

The total alleged damage was €2,400.

Defence solicitor Michael Hennessy said he had asked for pictures of the alleged damage and the State had failed to provide the documentation.

He asked for the matters to be struck out due to the failure of the State to comply with the disclosure order.

Judge Brian Sheridan struck out the charges.