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Thursday 17 August 2017

Man threw paint over cars at garage

A DUBLIN man caused €2,500 worth of damage after he threw paint over three cars parked in a garage forecourt
A DUBLIN man caused €2,500 worth of damage after he threw paint over three cars parked in a garage forecourt

A DUBLIN man caused €2,500 worth of damage after he threw paint over three cars parked in a garage forecourt.

Paul Rock (46) returned the following night and smashed a showroom window.

Judge Anne Watkin imposed an eight-month sentence.

Rock, of Church Square, East Wall, Dublin 3, was found guilty of criminal damage at Petersons Cars, Tivoli Road, Dun Laoghaire.

Defence lawyer Marc Murphy said Rock did not accept responsibility for the damage or the court's ruling.

Eddie Peterson told Dun Laoghaire Court he sold a gold Honda Civic to the defendant's brother, who also runs a car dealership, in February 2013.

In March 2013, the defendant came into the showroom saying there was an issue with the car.

Mr Peterson said he told Rock there was nothing he could do, and he should speak to his brother.

He said he came into work on June 14, 2013 and three cars in the forecourt had been defaced with white paint, each costing €500 to repair.

Mr Peterson said he came to work the next day and a showroom window had been smashed.

Gardai looked at CCTV and a gold Honda Civic as well as a man of similar build to the defendant could be seen throwing white paint at the cars. He was wearing dark trousers and a hoodie.

A forensic scientist said an analysis of Rock's clothing, car and runners found paint "similar" to the paint on the cars.

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