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Student in pub TV damage awaits sentence

A STUDENT who pulled a TV screen worth €11,000 off a pub wall in a drunken rage must wait to see if he is suitable for community service as the probation officer is on "three months' holidays", a court heard.

Carl Kinsella (22) pulled the 65" plasma TV off the wall in a after he got into a drunken argument with a friend.

Kinsella previously told the court he was "shocked" that the flat-screen TV had cost €11,000.

Kinsella, of Beatty Grove, Celbridge, Co Kildare, was before Blanchardstown District Court to see if he was suitable for community service after he paid €2,000 compensation to the pub.

The court had heard the parties agreed compensation of €5,000 but Kinsella, who is unemployed, had been unable to raise any more money and is "up to his neck" in debt. Judge Patrick McMahon had ordered that Kinsella complete 150 hours' community service in lieu of three months in prison.


However, the court heard that Kinsella's probation officer is on three months' holidays and he has not been assessed to see if he is suitable for community service.

Judge McMahon said the lack of a community services report was not Kinsella's fault.

Simon Fleming, defending, said he believes Kinsella will be suitable for community service, but the judge said he must be assessed first. The matter was adjourned to September.

Kinsella previously admitted to a single count of criminal damage to a Hantarex 65" plasma TV screen.The incident took place in the Celbridge House, Maynooth Road, Celbridge, on May 27 last year.