Smashed back door with pole

A PORTLAOISE man who was present on private property without permission when the back door of the house was smashed was given community service at last week’s court.

A PORTLAOISE man who was present on private property without permission when the back door of the house was smashed was given community service at last week’s court.

Donal O’Shea, 30 O’Moore Place, Portlaoise, was charged with entering a building with intent to commit an offence, at 54 Triogue Manor, Portlaoise, on September 1, 2011.

Inspector Martin Harrington gave evidence that a garda patrol on the night observed the defendant walking around the back of the house. When the gardaí investigated they found him standing in the back garden with another male, who fled the scene. The court heard that a pole had been taken off the outside wall and put through the back door of the house. O’Shea has seven previous convictions.

Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick said that her client had faced up to the consequences of his actions on the night and he was tendering €85 compensation to the injured party. Ms Fitzpatrick admitted there may have been damage done to the door, but it was caused by the second man who ran from the scene. Judge Catherine Staines remanded O’Shea on continual bail to July 5, with a recommendation of 150 hours’ community service in lieu of three months in prison. She requested Inspector Harrington to ascertain the cost of the damage to the door.