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Sunday 18 August 2019

Reveller who broke front door of Abbey Theatre 'mortified'

Donna Fennessy had paid compensation for the damage
Donna Fennessy had paid compensation for the damage

A New Year's reveller who smashed the front door of the Abbey Theatre could not remember what happened and was "mortified", a court has heard.

Donna Fennessy (24) caused more than €300 worth of damage to the door in the incident as she passed the building in the early hours of New Year's Day.

Fennessy, of Broombridge Road, Cabra, pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage.

Judge Bryan Smyth applied the Probation Act, leaving her without a criminal record, after hearing that she had paid compensation for the damage.

A garda sergeant told Dublin District Court that shouting was heard and Fennessy smashed a panel in the front door of the theatre as she passed, causing €340 worth of damage.

She was arrested at 1.55am and charged with the offence.

Ashamed

Fennessy had no previous convictions of any kind, the sergeant said.

The accused was volunteering with a youth organisation, her solicitor Colleen Gildernew told the court.

She did not normally drink, but went out for a few drinks on New Year's Eve.

She did not really remember what happened and was "absolutely mortified and ashamed of herself" when she realised what happened, Ms Gildernew said.

Fennessy had paid compensation for the damage, having given the money in instalments, the court heard.

The accused's best friend had died recently and Fennessy was attending her funeral later on the day of the hearing, the court was told.

Ms Gildernew asked the judge to be as lenient as he could in the circumstances and leave the accused without a conviction.

Judge Smyth dismissed the charge under the Probation of Offenders Act.

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