53-year-old set fire to car and made threats

Portlaoise courthouse.
A 53-year-old Cork man with 200 previous convictions who started a fire on top of a car has been ordered to pay full compensation.

A 53-year-old Cork man with 200 previous convictions who started a fire on top of a car has been ordered to pay full compensation.

Patrick Cotter, 4 Church Street, off Shannon Street, Cork, was charged with criminal damage, threatening behaviour and being intoxicated in public, on June 3.

Garda Kieran Mahony gave evidence that Cotter entered Brady’s Garage, Portlaoise, and took a bundle of papers which he placed on a car and set alight. €1373.35 damage was caused. He also caused €250 damage to a power wash.

Further evidence was given by Inspector Declan Dunne, that Cotter was seen staggering along Hynes Square, Portlaoise, on the same date. He was highly abusive to passers by, saying he was going to kick the sh*t out of people.

Cotter has 200 previous convictions.

Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick admitted it was appalling behaviour. She said Cotter is bipolar and had little recollection of the incident.

Cotter was told to pay €1,623.35 compensation and the matter was put back to December 12.