Man smashed van with pitchfork over jibes

A man who caused damage to a Transit van after the owner of the van disrespected the defendant’s dead mother, has had the criminal damage charge dismissed under Section 11A at Ballina District Court this week.

At a previous court sitting it was outlined that on November 6 2010, at 6.30am, William Lawrence, 127 Manor Village, Westport Road, Castlebar went to the home of Brian Lawrence at Friars Court, Ballina, and smashed the front windscreen of his Ford Transit van, damaged the driver’s door and dented the car, all by using a digging fork.

The defendant, who has previous convictions, had some compensation in court and has agreed to make regular payments of €20 a week in order to make the full compensation. Judge Mary Devins adjourned the case to July 2012 for a probation report and evidence that further compensation has been paid.

At this week’s court sitting, Judge Devins said that the probation report was “favourable” and the judge heard that the defendant has raised €1,000 by way of paying €20 a week.

Judge Devins applied the Probation Act.

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