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Tuesday 27 June 2017

Driver caused €1,400 damage to barrier in row over €1 ticket

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A driver tried to force his way out of a car park, causing more than €1,400 of damage to an exit barrier following an argument over a €1 ticket.

David Timmons (33) first drove at the barrier and then got out of his vehicle and manually forced it up.

Judge Dermot Dempsey imposed a six-month sentence suspended for 12 months and ordered Timmons to pay compensation for the damage he caused within six months.

The defendant, of Castlegrange Avenue, Swords, admitted before Swords District Court to damaging a barrier at a Swords car park on June 13, 2015.

Sgt Anthony McNulty said Timmons had failed to pay for parking and he drove his car at the barrier.

He said he then got out of the vehicle and manually forced the barrier into an upright position.

The sergeant said Timmons was tracked by his vehicle registration number.

The cost of the damage was €1,429.

The court heard that the defendant has 24 previous convictions.

Outrageous

Timmons' defence lawyer said the facts were so outrageous that they sounded unbelievable, but it was no laughing matter. She said the incident arose out of an argument over a €1 ticket.

Timmons forgot to pay on the way into the car park but thought he could pay on the way out. The attendant told him he could not do that and he would have to park the car again, print a ticket and then he could exit.

The lawyer said Timmons felt the car park attendant was aggressive towards him, but he accepted his behaviour was atrocious and he was "embarrassed and humiliated" at what he had done.

The court heard Timmons worked as a welder after finishing school, but met some "unfortunate characters" and became involved in drug use. He served a long prison sentence and this incident was the only time he had been in trouble since he was released in 2013.

The lawyer said that the defendant, who is not working and has two young children, was willing to pay for the damage he caused if he was given some time to save the money.

Timmons also knows that he needs to control his temper in the future, she added.

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