Set fire to sheds in ‘futile’ act

A PORTLAOISE man has been given suspended sentences for setting fire to two garden sheds.

A PORTLAOISE man has been given suspended sentences for setting fire to two garden sheds.

John Lewis, currently homeless, was convicted of two counts of criminal damage, at St Brigid’s Place on February 11, 2011. His case had previously been adjourned for Lewis to pay compensation. The court heard that damages were €2,700 and €1,900.

At last week’s circuit court, defence for Lewis said that €300 compensation had already been handed in, and Lewis was giving another €300 to the court.

“€600 is a long way off the full amount,” remarked Judge Tony Hunt. “Give €300 to each of the injured parties, it’s as good as we can do. This seems to have been a random, inexplicable and futile act.”

The judge imposed two 18-month sentences, suspended for 18 months for Lewis to keep the peace and be of good behaviour.