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Saturday 21 October 2017

Dad 'was out of his mind' when he put head through glass

Anthony Walsh
Anthony Walsh

A father-of-two was "out of his mind" on a cocktail of drink and drugs when he smashed his head through a pane of glass in the front door of his girlfriend's house.

Anthony Walsh (27) had been released on bail after being charged over a disturbance at the house hours earlier when he returned and caused the damage.

Judge David McHugh told him to carry out 120 hours of community service to avoid a three-month jail sentence.

Walsh, of Rossfield Drive, Tallaght, pleaded guilty to failing to follow garda directions and criminal damage in the two incidents.

Sgt Maria Callaghan told Blanchardstown District Court that gardai were called to Kilmahuddrick Grove, Clondalkin, last September 3.

They met the accused there and directed him to leave the area. He left, but returned minutes later and was arrested, charged and released on bail.

Banging

Shortly afterwards, he returned and began banging on the door of his partner's house, said Sgt Callaghan.

Her brother answered the door and the accused tried to get past him. He shut the door and Walsh hit his head on the door, breaking the glass panel.

Gardai were called again and re-arrested Walsh.

The court heard he had since paid €200 compensation.

Walsh had a row with his girlfriend after taking a "concoction of alcohol and drugs", his lawyer said.

He did not remember the incident but did not think he intended to damage the door.

His girlfriend's brother was trying to close the door and Walsh hit his head against it.

Walsh was now clean of alcohol and drugs.

He was helping out on soup runs and, after breaking up for a while, his relationship with his girlfriend was completely mended.

Referring to Walsh's state at the time, his lawyer said he was "out of his mind" and "didn't know what he was doing".

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