Saturday 20 July 2019

Man smashed up house as he 'wasn't getting own way'

Declan Turner called homeowner and admitted responsibility
Declan Turner called homeowner and admitted responsibility

A man who smashed up a house and caused nearly €3,000 worth of damage claimed he did it because he "wasn't getting my own way".

Declan Turner (21) had also suffered a "slip up" with drugs.

Turner broke items including a couch, television, cooker, oven and coffee table.

Judge Dermot Dempsey imposed a five-month sentence.

The defendant, of Baron's Hall House, Balbriggan, pleaded guilty to criminal damage at a house in Derham Park, Balbriggan, on May 15.

He had 24 previous convictions, including damaging property, possession of knives and assault causing harm.

The court heard he was currently serving a sentence and was due to be released in October.

Gda Cian O'Connor told Balbriggan District Court that Turner smashed up the items in the house and later called the homeowner to admit to her that he was the person responsible.


"He claimed he did it because he wasn't getting his own way," Gda O'Connor said.

Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said the defendant had originally paid for many of the goods he had damaged, but when Judge Dermot Dempsey asked if this meant he could destroy them, she replied that he could not.

Ms D'Arcy said the defendant was serving a sentence in Mountjoy.

"He had been engaging with the Probation Service and had been staying away from drugs but had a slip-up," she said, adding that the defendant was anxious not to prolong his prison sentence.

"He had been doing well but had a slip-up," she reiterated, and asked Judge Dempsey not to add more time to his current sentence.

"He did contact the injured party to say he did the damage," she added.

Judge Dempsey said he would not increase Turner's existing sentence and imposed the five-month concurrent sentence.

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