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Thursday 14 November 2019

Man daubed graffiti on wall of shopping centre in a 'silly' act

Anthony Behan was fined €350 for the criminal damage
Anthony Behan was fined €350 for the criminal damage

A 60-year-old man painted graffiti on his local shopping centre wall in what was a "silly offence for someone his age", a court has heard.

Anthony Behan was seen on CCTV using a tin of paint to daub graffiti on the building opposite his own home.

Judge Paula Murphy fined him €350.

Behan, of Edenmore Park, Raheny, pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage.

Dublin District Court heard the accused was seen carrying a tin of paint, and painting graffiti on the wall at Edenmore Shopping Centre last March 23.

When gardai called to him and asked if he was the person responsible, he said he was.

The graffiti had since been painted over by a member of staff and there was no estimate available for the damage caused, the court heard.

Unusual

"It was a very silly and unusual offence for someone his age," Behan's solicitor Colleen Gildernew said.

The accused had problems dating back to a random attack on him when he was younger in which he was stabbed, the court heard.

This attack left Behan with significant physical injuries, as well as psychiatric issues and he had "struggled ever since", Ms Gildernew said.

This was a defining moment of his life which still preoccupied him.

Judge Murphy refused to leave him without a conviction by applying the Probation Act, saying that damage had been caused.

Asking for leniency in the fine, Ms Gildernew said the damage was cleaned with a "straightforward power-washing".

The accused would find it a struggle to pay as he was of limited means, she said.

The judge gave Behan six months to pay the fine.

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