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Saturday 23 September 2017

Tenant broke door in row with landlord

A tenant smashed the glass in a front door and took it off its hinges in a row with his landlord. Stock Image
A tenant smashed the glass in a front door and took it off its hinges in a row with his landlord. Stock Image

A tenant smashed the glass in a front door and took it off its hinges in a row with his landlord.

Nice Usoro (44) claimed he "panicked" after he went to the house to collect his belongings as he had some valuables he wanted to get.

He was previously ordered to pay €1,500 compensation, but Swords District Court heard he had only €200.

Judge Dermot Dempsey adjourned sentencing to November to allow Usoro to pay the balance.

The defendant, of Cherry Garth, Balbriggan, had admitted criminal damage at Castleland Court, Balbriggan, on March 15.

Argument

Gda Kevin Fitzpatrick said Usoro got into an argument with his landlord and smashed the glass in the front door of the house. The door came off its hinges, causing €1,500 of damage.

Defence solicitor Bernard Stobie said Usoro had saved €200 compensation, adding that he was trying to support five children.

In relation to the damage, Mr Stobie said Usoro had a falling out with the landlord and had gone to collect his belongings.

Mr Stobie said Usoro knew he went "way overboard" but was in a state of panic.

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