'Young man you need a dose of reality'

Kevin Hughes

A CAHERSIVEEN teenager who damaged seven wing mirrors during a drunken spree was told that he needed "a dose of reality" after requesting a further year to raise cash for a contribution to the court poor box.


David O'Sullivan (19), listed at 22 Fertha Drive, faces seven criminal damage charges concerning cars at Marian Place and Riverview Terrace, all on November 19, 2011.

Heard at Cahersiveen District Court on Thursday, Solicitor Pádraig O'Connell said the defendant had no cash in court as he had ready borrowed the money to pay for repairs - damages amounted to €787 - but when he asked to borrow further cash he was refused.

"This bucko comes out from wherever he was, slashing mirrors on seven different cars, yet arrives six months after his last appearance with no money," Judge James O'Connor remarked.

Taking the stand, the Tralee-based student said he was paying for food and rent and asked by Judge O'Connor when all this was going to change, the defendant remarked that he would "sort it out".

"In another year," the judge then questioned. "Yeah, if you can," came the defendant's reply, a response that was greeted with merriment in the court.

"Young man you need a dose of reality," Judge O'Connor retorted.

The court heard that the student had come to the attention of gardaí as a juvenile but solicitor Padraig O'Connell said he had since mended his ways.

"I will jail him unless there is a sign of substantial contribution, no rí rá, no 'ruaile buaile' or he will do 28 days in that grey building in Cork," the judge added before adjourning the case until October 17.


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