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Dad smashed up man's home over motorcycle debt


Stephen McCarthy. Photo: Doug O'Connor

Stephen McCarthy. Photo: Doug O'Connor

Stephen McCarthy. Photo: Doug O'Connor

A DUBLINER who smashed up a man's home and his partner's car because he was owed money for a motorbike has been given more time to pay for the damage he caused.

Stephen McCarthy (30) caused €3,500 worth of damage.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the matter to a July, saying he would give McCarthy one final chance to repay the money.

McCarthy, of Greenfort Crescent, Clondalkin, previously admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to criminal damage.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said McCarthy called to a house at Ballymakealy Grove, in Celbridge, Co Kildare, on March 26, 2011, and demanded to speak to another man, who allegedly owed him money for a motorbike.

Sgt Callaghan said McCarthy was told the individual was not in the house but he refused to accept this and came into the house where he smashed windows and household fixtures, causing €1,500 worth of damage.



Sgt Callaghan said McCarthy then went looking for the man in Leixlip, Co Kildare, where he smashed up a car, damaging windows and body panels. The damage to the car was €2,000.

Defence solicitor Mairead White had said McCarthy, a father of one, was abusing cocaine at the time and didn't remember much about the incident.

McCarthy owes €3,500 in compensation but did not have any money in court.