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'Sgt Callaghan said Hayden had smashed the window with a steel bar or some object like a stick.' (stock photo)

'Sgt Callaghan said Hayden had smashed the window with a steel bar or some object like a stick.' (stock photo)

'Sgt Callaghan said Hayden had smashed the window with a steel bar or some object like a stick.' (stock photo)

An angry man smashed two windows in his neighbour's van because it was "blocking his view".

Declan Hayden (49) used a steel bar or stick to cause the damage, a court heard.

He was identified from his next-door neighbour's CCTV footage.

Judge Paula Murphy applied the Probation Act and left Hayden without a conviction after he said he would pay for the damage he caused. The judge also noted the defendant would be left to live alongside his neighbour for the rest of his life.

Hayden admitted criminal damage at Springlawn Heights in Blanchardstown on November 19, 2018.

Sergeant Maria Callaghan told Blanchardstown District Court Hayden smashed the driver's window and a rear window on the driver's side of the Renault van.

Sgt Callaghan said the vehicle belonged to the defendant's next-door neighbour.

The victim had CCTV footage on the house, the sergeant said, and Hayden was identified from the video.

Wages

Sgt Callaghan said Hayden had smashed the window with a steel bar or some object like a stick.

The sergeant said the damage to the van was €500 and the victim also lost a day's wages, some €170.

The court was told the defendant had never been in trouble before.

Defence solicitor Terence Hanahoe said Hayden was separated, with a teenage daughter.

He lived with his elderly mother, Mr Hanahoe added.

Hayden had donated a kidney to his daughter five years ago, the court heard, but she was now back on dialysis.

Mr Hanahoe said Hayden had been suffering from depression due to his daughter's difficulties.

In relation to the incident, Mr Hanahoe said that the victim had a number of vehicles and they were parked outside his house.

They were blocking Hayden's view from his window and he "just got annoyed".

Mr Hanahoe said Hayden had brought €620 to court as compensation for the injured party.

He asked the judge to leave Hayden without a conviction, saying the defendant knew he had overreacted.


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