A YOUNG man who damaged a painting belonging to artist Jim Fitzpatrick has had the charge struck out after he paid for the damage.
Anthony Notaro (22) was alleged to have caused some €1,000 worth of damage to a Jim Fitzpatrick painting which was hanging on a wall of a stairway in Captain America's restaurant in Tallaght.
Mr Fitzpatrick is perhaps most famous for a poster of the Cuban revolutionary hero Che Guevera -- but he is also known for the work he did on the album covers for Thin Lizzy.
Judge James McDonnell struck out the charges after it was revealed that Notaro had paid for the damage to the painting.
Notaro, of Tymonville Court, Tymon North, Tallaght, appeared before Tallaght District Court charged with one count of criminal damage.
The alleged incident took place at Captain America's, Tallaght Cross, around 2am on July 5 last year.
Garda Sergeant Carmel Henry said that Notaro smashed the glass frame of the painting, also damaging the print itself.
The painting was hanging on a stairway wall in the restaurant.
Judge McDonnell said he regarded the matter as very serious, as Mr Fitzpatrick is a renowned artist and it was an original piece of work.
Defence solicitor Padraig O'Donovan said Notaro had paid €1,000 compensation, and he understood the charge was to be struck out.
Sgt Henry said the injured party was happy that compensation had been paid.
The judge struck out the charge.