A DUBLIN man has been given a four-month suspended sentence for "keying" his ex-partner's car twice in the space of two days because of a dispute he was having with her.
Charlie Corcoran (30) caused a total of €1,800 worth of damage in the two attacks on the car while it was parked in the victim's driveway.
Dublin District Court heard he had let his emotions cloud his judgment on both occasions.
Judge Ann Watkin imposed a sentence suspended for a year on condition that he repays the cost of the damage.
Corcoran, with an address at Rosscourt Heights, Lucan, had 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 also admitted breaching a safety order on the second date.
The judge also made it a condition of the suspension that Corcoran stays away from Cherrywood Drive and Corkagh Park in Clondalkin.
Judge Watkin said she was imposing a suspended sentence because although Corcoran had no previous convictions, he had breached a court order after he had already been "found to be a danger to somebody".
Previously, Garda Gail O'Donoghue told the court that on the first date, Corcoran entered the driveway of the house and caused damage to the side of the car by keying it.
The woman was looking out the window and called the gardai but he was gone when they arrived. On the second occasion, he came up to the front door and rang the bell. He had his hood up and his face was covered but she recognised him. Again, she did not open the door or confront him and he scraped the paint on the other side of the car. She called gardai and they arrested him later that morning.
Defence solicitor Alice O'Reilly said while Corcoran had initially pleaded not guilty, gardai had been notified of his change of plea at an early stage.