Portlaoise man threw white paint on car he believed belonged to man who owed money

A Portlaoise man who threw white paint onto a car which he believed belonged to a man who owed him money appeared at last week’s Portlaoise District Court on a criminal damage charge.

A Portlaoise man who threw white paint onto a car which he believed belonged to a man who owed him money appeared at last week’s Portlaoise District Court on a criminal damage charge.

Darren Fortune, with addresses listed at nos. 10 and 73 Carmody Way, Fairgreen, Portlaoise, also faced a charge of stealing bottles of perfume, for crimes committed during a period when his barrister claimed he had been homeless.

Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that on March 28, at 1 Greenview Way, Fairgreen, Portlaoise, Fortune caused €100 damage to a car by throwing white paint on it. The inspector said that the injured party’s boyfriend owed Fortune money.

On April 15, at Boots, Laois Shopping Centre, Portlaoise, he took two bottles of perfume from the shelf and left without paying. He was stopped by security staff, arrested by gardaí, and made full admissions.

Fortune had 16 previous convictions.

Defence barrister for Fortune explained that he had believed the car he had damaged belonged to a man who owed him money. When he realised his mistake, Fortune went to the garda station to accept responsibility. Defence said that Fortune had no money in court by way of compensation, as his social welfare had been cut.

Regarding the theft of the perfume, Fortune had been homeless at the time with nowhere to live and had been in “a desperate situation”.

Judge Catherine Staines put the matter back to July 10 for a probation report and a community service report.

The judge also ordered Fortune to have €100 compensation for the injured party by that date.