Glazier fined for breaking window at city hospital
A young man who broke a window in a hospital emergency department has been told by a judge to pay compensation.
Father-of-one Peter Lawrence (22) broke the window during a busy night at the city hospital, a court heard.
Lawrence, of Rafter's Road, Drimnagh, pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage at St James's Hos- pital A&E department.
Judge Grainne O'Neill adjourned the case and said she would fine him and not impose a suspended sentence if he paid €400 in compensation.
Dublin District Court heard the incident happened at 1am on January 15 last year.
It had been "more an acc-ident than anything else", Lawrence's lawyer said.
The accused himself brought it to the attention of staff that he had broken the window.
"As it happens, he is employed as a glazier, of all things," the lawyer said.
Lawrence had had a "life- changing event" recently in that his girlfriend had given birth to their first child.
He also admitted cannabis possession after he was twice found with small amounts of the drug when stopped by gardai.