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Man scratched ex-partner's car with key twice over dispute

A DUBLIN man went to his ex-partner's home and "keyed" her car twice in two days because of a dispute he was having with her, a court heard.

Charlie Corcoran (30), with an address at Rosscourt Heights, Lucan, pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal damage to his ex-partner's car outside her home in Clondalkin on March 13 and 15 last. He caused damage worth €1,800.

He also admitted breaching a safety order on the second date.

Garda Gail O'Donoghue said on the first date, the accused entered the drive of his ex-partner's home and scratched her car it with a key.

The victim was watching and called the gardai but Corcoran was gone when they arrived. On the second occasion, he rang the front-doorbell.

Again, she did not open the door or confront him but he scraped the paint on the other side of the car.

She called gardai and they later arrested him. Corcoran was co-operative with gardai and had no previous convictions.


He and the victim had been in a relationship for 10 years. She took out the three-year safety order against him in 2011.

Judge Ann Watkin said she could not finalise the case because she needed to know the reason behind the victim taking out the safety order, and if any physical violence had been involved. She remanded Corcoran on continuing bail to a date in January on condition that he stays away from the victim and her home.