A Monasterevin man convicted of criminal damage to a jeep who was ordered to pay compensation to the owner has been put on probation after handing in €2,000.
Gerard Moorehouse, with an address listed at Little Connell, Newbridge, Monasterevin, was convicted of criminal damage at the Hazel Hotel, Monasterevin, on July 13, 2003.
Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that damage estimated at €5,566 was caused to the ‘03 silver Toyota, which was brand new at the time of the offence.
The injured party subsequently got the jeep fixed and was happy to accept the €2,000 Moorehouse had paid.
Defence, Mr Philip Meagher said that the damage had been scraping to the jeep. His client had paid €2,000, then the injured party got the vehicle repaired for a substantially lower amount than the original estimate.
Defence said that Moorehouse had failed to turn up for the previous court sitting as he was in hospital.
Judge Staines gave Moorehouse, who had seven previous convictions, the benefit of the probation act.