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Friday 9 December 2016

Smashed car over 'soured' relationship

Mark Howard
Mark Howard

A DUBLIN man drunkenly smashed a woman's car windscreen and stole her phone when their relationship went "sour", a court heard.

Mark Howard (45), went on to hurl abuse at gardai and bystanders before he was arrested.

Judge David McHugh ordered him to pay €250 compensation to the victim and adjourned the case at Blanchardstown District Court.

Howard, of Ranelagh Road, Dublin 6 pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage to the windscreen of the woman's car and stealing her phone.

He also admitted public drunkenness and causing a breach of the peace in the incident at The Paddocks View, Lucan on October 12, 2014.

The court heard the gardai were called to the incident and found the accused highly intoxicated.

He was verbally abusive to the gardai and members of the public who were standing around.

The victim said her phone had been stolen and it was taken from Howard and returned to her.

The defendant had been in a relationship with the victim, the accused's lawyer said.

Howard previously had a drink problem and had been sober for 10 years, but he lapsed and had "absolutely no recollection" of what happened, he said.

"He still managed to make a strike on her car," Judge McHugh said.

The accused was at a "crossroads in his life" and realised he had issues to address, his lawyer added.

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