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Saturday 18 August 2018

Accountant smashed up pub in fury over girl's ex

TENSIONS: He broke window as he was being thrown out

AN accountancy student smashed a pub window in frustration during an evening out with his girlfriend when "tensions" grew over the presence of her ex-boyfriend, a court heard.

Glen Ryan (25) broke the window of the city centre pub because of a third party who tried to "stoke the flames" by making remarks at them.

Ryan reacted in an "anti-social way" out of frustration.

The accused, of Montpelier Park, Dublin 7, pleaded guilty to criminal damage at The Grand Central bar on O'Connell Street Lower. Judge Bryan Smyth left him without a conviction after he made a €300 charity donation.

Garda Eoin McDermott told Dublin District Court he was called to the bar by security staff on October 30 last year.



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Staff said the accused had broken a window as he was being escorted out. He was identified, arrested and taken to Store Street Garda Station.

Ryan was "very compliant" in custody and had already paid €200 in compensation to the pub for the damage before the case came to court. He had no previous convictions.

Ryan had been out with his friends and had drunk seven pints and a number of shots, his solicitor Cahir O'Higgins said. He acted out of frustration. Judge Smyth dismissed the charge under the Probation of Offenders Act.

aphelan@herald.ie

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