Trader threw paint at garda office
A TRADER mounted a paint attack on the Garda Ombudsman's office in protest over the handling of an investigation into the theft of stock from his business.
Anthony Crowley (43) threw the "whitewash" over the front of the city centre building then walked into the office and identified himself to highlight his grievance.
Crowley, of no fixed address, admitted a charge of criminal damage in the incident and was told to make a contribution to charity after he refused to compensate the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission for the clean-up.
Judge Catherine Staines said he could not take the law into his own hands and that the taxpayer would have to foot the bill for what he had done.
Detective Garda Gerard Moore told Dublin District Court Crowley went to the office on Abbey Street at 2.15pm on April 12 this year. He threw a can of paint over the building and went inside and sat down at reception.
The judge adjourned the case to a date in December for payment of the charity donation and said she would deal with the case in a "lenient fashion".