Restaurant worker vented fury on ex-colleague's car
A Dublin man who attacked a former work colleague's car causing over €4,000 worth of damage has been given a three-month suspended sentence and 100 hours of community service.
Jonathan Byrne (31), of Cloonmore Grove, Tallaght, pleaded guilty when he appeared at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to one count of criminal damage.
Garda John O'Mahony told prosecution counsel Stephen McCann, that on January 19, 2009, Byrne, believing his former work colleague Mr William Griffin was talking about him, flew into a fit of rage and then attacked his car.
Defence counsel Sarah Jane O'Callaghan told the court that Byrne was of the mistaken belief that Griffin was the reason behind the termination of his employment at The Wok Chinese restaurant in Tallaght.
Ms O'Callaghan told Judge Desmond Hogan that Byrne, at the time of the incident, was dealing with the breakdown of the relationship with the mother of his child and the attack was "extremely out of character".
She also told the court that Byrne expressed his "sincere and heartfelt remorse" and had already given €5,000 in compensation to Mr Griffin.
Judge Hogan said that in light of Byrne's early guilty plea, and the fact "he took it out on the car not the injured party", a custodial sentence was not warranted.
He sentenced Byrne to three months and ordered him to do 100 hours of community service and attend an anger management course.