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Friday 2 December 2016

Damage to car was 'downright thuggery'

Blanchardstown district court

A MAN who caused €200 worth of damage to a car in what has been described as "downright thuggery," has avoided a prison sentence after he was deemed suitable for community service work.

Arthur Purcell (35) was caught on CCTV damaging the lock on the car which was parked at Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, Blanchardstown District Court heard.

Judge David McHugh ordered that Purcell complete 120 hours community service work in lieu of a three-month prison sentence and also ordered that he pay the victim €200 for the damage caused.

Purcell, of Belcamp Lane in Coolock pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage to the car on December 11, 2014.

Garda Michael Costello told the court that gardai received a call to attend the shopping centre as Purcell was observed on CCTV causing the damage to the car.

Purcell, who has 47 previous convictions, was arrested a short time later.

His solicitor said the separated father-of-four has a "significant record."

However, he said he has no explanation as to why he damaged the car. The solicitor said it was a "random attack" by Purcell.

Judge McHugh said it was a case of "downright thuggery."

"Out of his 47 previous convictions, he has one previous for criminal damage," remarked Judge McHugh,

"This is one of the positives you can glean from an otherwise appalling record."

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