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Sunday 4 December 2016

Man threw bottles at neighbour's front door

Sean Fagan (21) caused nearly €1,000 worth of damage to two neighbours' front doors in the early hours of St Stephen's Day, 2014. (Stock Picture)
Sean Fagan (21) caused nearly €1,000 worth of damage to two neighbours' front doors in the early hours of St Stephen's Day, 2014. (Stock Picture)

A young man who smashed the glass in his neighbour's front door told her he did it "cause I wanted to", a court heard.

Sean Fagan (21) caused nearly €1,000 worth of damage to two neighbours' front doors in the early hours of St Stephen's Day, 2014.

Judge Anne Watkin imposed a 10-month sentence, but suspended five months of it for two years.

The judge also ordered Fagan to stay away from the two injured parties, who said they remained "nervous" of him.

The defendant, of St Patrick's Crescent in Monkstown, was found guilty before Dun Laoghaire District Court of two counts of criminal damage.

The incidents took place at neighbours' houses at St Patrick's Crescent and Dunedin Terrace, both in Monkstown, on December 26, 2014.

One witness said she was asleep around 8.30am when she heard loud banging and shouting and screaming.

She went to the front door and saw Fagan throwing glass bottles, which smashed the glass in the front door.

She said she shouted at Fagan to go away, and he ran when gardai arrived.

Afraid

The woman said it took her a long time to get over the incident, and she remains afraid of Fagan. The damage to her door was €670.

A second witness said she heard a huge bang and the glass in the front door smash. When she opened the door, Fagan was leaving her garden.

She said she asked him why he did it, and he replied "cause I wanted to".

She said it cost €300 to replace the damaged glass.

Fagan's sister claimed he couldn't have damaged the doors as he was living with her at the time and didn't leave the house that morning.

Finding him guilty, Judge Watkin said she had no doubt Fagan "brazenly damaged property belonging to two of his neighbours".

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