Jobless man smashed Santa figure after shop row with ex
A man picked up a large Santa Claus figure in a discount shop and smashed it after he got into an argument with his ex-partner.
Francis Traynor (23) has been ordered to come up with €200 as a charitable donation and money to compensate the shop, otherwise he faces going to jail.
Drogheda District Court heard that Traynor became angry during a row with his former partner and he picked up the Santa figure and smashed it on the ground.
He then left the shop.
Gardai viewed CCTV footage of the incident and arrested the defendant a short time later.
Traynor, with an address at Doolargy Avenue, Dundalk, admitted before Drogheda District Court to causing criminal damage estimated at €30 to the figure.
The incident took place at Euro Giant Discount Store on West Street, Drogheda, last November 23.
Traynor had no previous convictions.
The defendant's solicitor told Judge John Coughlan that he wanted to pay the shop the €30 in compensation, but had not got the money yet.
On hearing the defendant had no criminal history and was unemployed, Judge Coughlan said he would give him a month to come up with the money.
"I also want €200 as a charitable donation, along with the compensation for the shop," said Judge Coughlan.
"I want the money - otherwise you are going to jail," he warned the defendant, and adjourned the case for finalisation at the end of next month.