A “SMALL argument” which led to a car window being smashed landed a Portlaoise man in the district court on a charge of criminal damage.
Hector Shepherd, of 91 Rinuccini, Dublin Road, Portlaoise, committed the offence at Kilminchy, Portlaoise, on August 22.
Inspector Martin Harrington gave evidence that the defendant was embroiled in a small argument with the injured party, before he smashed the window of the injured party’s car causing €300 damage.
Shepherd has no previous convictions and compensation has been paid.
Defence, Ms Emmet Nolan BL said that his client had lost control following a heated argument and smashed the window.
Judge Alan Mitchell dismissed the charge under the probation act and ordered Shepherd to keep the peace for six months, on his own bond of €300.
“It’s not a conviction but it’s hanging over you,” warned the judge. “The whole onus is on you.”