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Monday 20 August 2018

Axeman given last chance over paying his neighbour damages

A MAN who smashed up a neighbour's car and broke a window in his house in his hunt for alcohol has been given a final chance to pay for the damage.

David Burns (25) left the area when he was refused entry but returned armed with an axe.

A judge adjourned the matter for four weeks to allow Burns to pay compensation for the damage.

When Burns appeared before Blanchardstown District Court, Judge Patrick McMahon said it was very obvious that Burns was "under the influence of something". Burns denied this, saying he is on anti-depression medication and hasn't touched alcohol in two months.

Burns, of Corduff Park in Blanchardstown, previously admitted before Blanchardstown court to public drunkenness, threatening and abusive behaviour, trespass, possession of an axe and two counts of criminal damage.

Fighting

The incident took place at Corduff Grove, Blanchardstown, on June 20 last year.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said gardai were called to Corduff Grove around 3am following reports that men were fighting.

When gardai arrived they saw two men, one of whom was Burns, drop two axes on the ground and walk away.

Sgt Callaghan said Burns was looking for alcohol and had tried to get into a house at Corduff Grove.

He later left the area but returned with an axe, which he used to smash up the homeowner's car, breaking the front windscreen and the passenger window.

Judge McMahon said he would give Burns one final chance to compensate his neighbour and adjourned the matter to a date in March.

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