Ballinfoyle man fined for ‘wanton damage’ of council flower boxes

A Ballinfoyle man, who was found pulling up flowers from Galway City Council owned flower boxes, was warned to address his possible drinking problems which led to “wanton damage for no reason”.

Stephen Cloonan (22 ) with an address at 30 Ballinfoyle Park, Headford Road, appeared at Galway District Court on Monday where he pleaded guilty to being intoxicated in a public place, threatening and abusive behaviour, and criminal damage at Headford Road on July 25, 2009.

Inspector Sean Glynn told the court that at 6.15am the defendant who was extremely intoxicated was found to be “pulling plants” from flower boxes located on the central median of the road and that this act caused €500 worth of damage to Galway City Council property. Inspector Glynn added that Cloonan, who had also been very abusive to a number of people in the area, had paid compensation to the council.

The defendant’s solicitor said that Cloonan had been attending a wedding earlier, had too much to drink at the event, and had also been invited to a party.

The court then heard that Cloonan has two previous convictions for public order offences.

“This man just might have a drink problem,” said Judge Mary Fahy, who added that “pulling up flowers is not just an inconvenience to the council, it shows this man can’t go out and just enjoy himself. It’s wanton damage for no reason. I will give him a chance today but he will have to have a talk with himself.”

For being intoxicated in a public place Judge Fahy convicted Cloonan and fined him €200 and for the criminal damage he was further fined €300. The threatening and abusive behaviour offence was taken into account.


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