JOANNA CONNORS (22) of 8 Lee Heights in Wexford took a wheel brace to the car of the woman accused of having a relationship with her husband, Enniscorthy District Court was told last week.
Ms. Connors was in court to plead guilty to a criminal damage to the vehicle of Mary Corrigan from Hillview Heights in Enniscorthy. The incident occurred in the car park of the Lidl supermarket at Bellefield on the evening of April 6 last year and it was investigated by Garda Andrea Cullen.
The Garda arrived at the scene to find Ms. Corrigan's passenger window broken, with scratches and dents on the bodywork of the gold Nissan Micra. A quotation for repairs was handed up to Judge Donnchadh Ó Buachalla, suggesting that it would cost over €1,000 to make good the damage. Ms. Corrigan in turn admitted that she broke the windscreen on Ms. Connors' Daewoo on the same occasion.
Defending solicitor Nigel Allen told the court there was a history between the two protagonists. While his client used the wheel brace, the other person involved wielded a hurl, he said. Mary Corrigan formerly had a relationship with the husband of Joanna Connors, stated Mr. Allen, and this had led to some trouble.
While the defendant accepted that she had caused damage, the four figure repair estimate appeared high. She was mother of children aged one and two, so €1,000 would be a great deal of money for her to find. The court was assured that there were no 'ongoing hostilities', as Mr. Allen put it, and Ms. Connors was now reconciled with her husband.
The court was informed that the cost of replacing her windscreen came to €170. The judge granted an adjournment to allow the defendant obtain an alternative quotation for the work required on Ms. Corrigan's motor.