Man smashed the windscreen of mum’s car in ’bout of depression’

A man who smashed the windscreen of his mother’s car was going through a “bout of depression” at the time, a court has heard.

arl Maguire (33) admitted criminal damage on May 15 this year.

The court heard gardaí received reports about two poeple arguing in the Applegreen carpark in Lusk.

When gardaí attended the scene, they found a vehicle with badly damaged windscreen.

The injured party told them her son had started smashing up her car.

Maguire, with an address at Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, was searched and found in possession of a small amount of cannabis and Diazepam.

Defense solicitor Fiona D’Arcy said Maguire is someone who has mental health difficulties and was going through a bout of depression at the time.

The damage to the car was paid for by the defendant and his mother was with him in court, she added.

Ms D’Arcy said Maguire was “extremely remorseful” about the way he behaved on the day and assured the court nothing like this would ever happen again.

She said the defendant now works in the Guinness Factory and is dealing with his depression.

He has never been in trouble before and won’t be in trouble again, she added.

Judge Gerard Jones directed that the defendant make a € 750 donation to the Little Blue Heroes charity.

Adjourning the case to December 22 to allow time for the donation to be made, the judge said if this was done Maguire would avoid a conviction, if it was not paid then a fine of € 1,500 would be applied.

A mechanic who was stopped for drink driving after gardaí observed his car crossing a continuous white line told them he was on his way to the off license.

Piotr Poninski (41) pleaded guilty to the offense at Hamlet Lane, Balbriggan on May 28th this year.

The court heard gardaí followed the car after they observed it crossing the central white line and pulled in beside the accused when he stopped at Castlemill Shopping Center in Balbriggan.

When they spoke to the defendant, with an address at Hastings Green, Hamlet Lane, Balbriggan, his speech was slurred and he told gardaí he was on his way to the off-license.

The solicitor for the defense said at the time, Poninski’s marriage had broken down after 24 years and he had been going through a “tough time”.

The defendant works as a mechanic and his livelihood would be affected by the conviction, he added.

Judge Gerard Jones disqualified Poninski from driving for two years and fined him 200.

He postponed the disqualification for six months at the request of the defense solicitor.

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