11 Aug 2022

Portlaoise man charged with criminal damage at local hotel

Portlaoise man charged with criminal damage at local hotel

A Portlaoise man charged with causing criminal damage in a local hotel has requested CCTV evidence in the case.

At last week’s sitting of the district court in Portlaoise, Christian Lawless (24), with an address at Rossvale, Mountmellick Road, Portlaoise, was charged with criminal damage, at the Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise, on a date between December 13 and December 15, 2015.

In a separate matter, the accused was also charged with being intoxicated at the Mountmellick Road, Portlaoise, on July 23, 2017.

Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick said that there was a guilty plea being entered to the intoxication charge, but she was seeking CCTV footage in the case regarding the criminal damage.

Sgt JJ Kirby said that given the date of the charge, December 2015, there was no CCTV footage available.

Sgt Kirby said the alleged offence happened in a hotel room, so there wouldn’t be any CCTV in the hotel room anyway.

Ms Fitzpatrick referred to the statement of the alleged injured party and said that CCTV formed the basis of the identification of the accused.

Judge Fiona Lydon said she would make an order for CCTV footage, but advised the State that they would need more formal proofs for the next day in court.

The matter was put back to June 7 next with the accused remanded on continual bail.

The intoxication charge was also adjourned to that date.

To continue reading this article for FREE,
please kindly register and/or log in.

Registration is absolutely 100% FREE and will help us personalise your experience on our sites. You can also sign up to our carefully curated newsletter(s) to keep up to date with your latest local news!

Register / Login

Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.