Defendant apologises for attacking senator’s office

The man who is alleged to have smeared human excrement on the door of Senator Camillus Glynn’s office knows that he may face prison for his actions.

Solicitor Louis Kiernan said Andrew Clinton is “well aware he may well face a custodial sentence” as he requested an adjournment of his client’s case to March. He will be pleading guilty.

The court heard the 28-year-old had been complying with his bail conditions and was presenting no problems to Gardaí since he was charged with a series of offences.

Inspector Keyes outlined criminal damage alleged to have been carried out by Mr Clinton, who has an address at 6 Farran, Mullingar.

When arrested for causing more than €4,000 damage to property at the county council offices on September 13, he replied that he was getting revenge on the local council regarding the house he was renting. He believed the council should fix any problems with it.

When he admitted to setting rubbish on fire outside the senator’s office on December 7, he said did so because of his disgust with Fianna Fáil and the budget because his dole was being cut.

Mr Clinton also faces two further charges of damaging the senator’s office by smearing the door and window with human excrement and stuffing rubbish through the letterbox, damaging the carpet.

The offences are alleged to have taken place on November 3 and 10 and when charged with those offences he replied that he was sorry for what he had done.

He will appear in court again on March 18 when a probation report is due.

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