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Monday 10 December 2018

Jail for tenant who smashed up front door after eviction

Nice Usoro used compensation cash to attend mum’s funeral
Nice Usoro used compensation cash to attend mum’s funeral

A tenant "went overboard" after he fell out with his landlord and smashed the front door of the house he was renting.

Nice Usoro (44) caused €1,500 worth of damage to the door.

He was sentenced to three months in prison after he failed to come up with compensation.

He had already paid €500 and was supposed to bring a further €1,000 to court, but his mother died.

Swords District Court heard the defendant's mother had died in Nigeria and he had the money he had saved as compensation to attend her funeral.

"He had fully planned to bring the money with him but his mother died and he had to return to Nigeria," said solicitor John Hennessy.

"He apologises and is asking for one final chance."

Judge Dermot Dempsey told Usoro he had had "ample opp- ortunity" to come up with the money.

Warning

"The case was put back five times and he was given a specific warning the last time to come up with the money," said Judge Dempsey and he imposed a three-month prison sentence.

The defendant, of Cherry- garth, Balbriggan, pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage to a house at Castleland Court in Balbriggan on March 15 last year.

Usoro had gone to the house to collect his belongings after he was evicted and panicked as he had valuable items that his family had given him in the house.

Gda Kevin Fitzpatrick gave evidence that Usoro had an argument with his landlord and smashed the glass front door, which came off its hinges.

"He had gone back to collect his items, some of which were valuable," his solicitor said.

"There was an element of panic, but he knows he went way overboard."

Judge Dempsey fixed recognisances for an appeal.

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