Intoxicated man jailed for damage to window
A MAN who was drunk and rammed a shopping trolley into a shop window causing more than €600 worth of damage has been sentenced to five months in prison.
The sentence is to run consecutively to a four-month sentence Paul Cahill (31) is currently serving.
Cahill, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty before Balbriggan District Court to criminal damage and being intoxicated at Dunnes Stores, Castlemills Shopping Centre, Balbriggan, last September 18.
Sgt Tony Tighe gave evidence that Cahill was "extremely intoxicated" on the night and was shouting at staff members and threatening them.
He then grabbed a shopping trolley and rammed it into the glass window, smashing it before running off. Gardai later discovered him hiding in a bush.
Cahill, who has 41 previous convictions, claimed he was hiding in the bushes because members of the Travelling community had beaten him up.
Sgt Tighe said the damage caused to the window amounted to €644.
Judge James Faughnan asked Cahill's barrister Patrick Jackson if there was any prospect of the defendant paying compensation. Mr Jackson replied that there was not.
Judge Faughnan imposed the prison sentence and fixed recognisances in the event of an appeal.