A MA N kicked his aunt's jeep in a fit of anger, causing €1,700 of damage, after causing a family rift by telling his niece who her real father was, a court has been told.
The 23-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had also allegedly created bad blood in the family by accusing his aunt's husband of hitting his elderly grandfather.
The defendant denied criminal damage, but was found guilty at Dublin District Court.
He was fined €1,269 and told to pay for repairs to the jeep, which he kicked in north Dublin on April 16 last year.
Judge Ann Watkin had said that if he paid for the repairs voluntarily, he would be left without a conviction. But he disputed the amount of damage.
The man's niece (16) had told the court that she was in a shop near her home when he came in, shouted at her and told her the name of her natural father.
She returned to her house and saw her uncle there kicking her mother's car as he left.
The girl's mother – the defendant's aunt – said she had seen the defendant earlier in the day at her parents' home, where he verbally attacked and told her she "would be sorry" before leaving.
She also claimed that he had kicked in the door and attacked her in her home the previous year, and denied that her husband had ever hit her father.
The defendant denied shouting at his niece and claimed that, when he saw her in the shop, he said hello and asked her how she was, after which the two of them hugged.
He alleged he then went to his grandparents' house and left the cakes and newspaper he had bought for them.
He denied verbally abusing his aunt or damaging her car, but claimed that his niece had been seeing her natural father against her family's wishes.
The defendant maintained that she accused him of telling her about her father to "set him up" and said that it was a neighbour who had told her.
Judge Watkin told the court that she believed the defendant, who has no previous convictions, kicked the car, but admitted it was possible that neither party was telling the truth.