Man escapes criminal conviction over Lanesboro incident

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Judge Seamus Hughes

Judge Seamus Hughes spared a man, charged with two counts of criminal damage last week, a criminal conviction

A man who appeared before last week’s sitting of Longford District Court charged with criminal damage had his case dismissed under the Probation Act.

Rabo Iablonschi, 8 Old Connaught House, Ferndale Road, Bray, Co Wicklow appeared before Judge Seamus Hughes charged with two counts of criminal damage at 8 Cnoc na Gaoithe, Lanesboro, Co Longford on dates between March 1, 2016 and July 15, 2016.

Outlining the evidence to the court, Garda Flynn said that on the date in question, the defendant carried out works on a property that he was renting and failed to inform the letting agent about what he was doing.

The Garda also said that when the property was inspected, graffiti was discovered on the walls and the bannister along the stairs had been broken. 

“There was €700 worth of damage caused to the house,” added Garda Flynn, before pointing out that when the defendant left the house, he moved to Dublin and it took the Gardaí some time to locate him.

“When he was caught, he made certain admissions about the graffiti when he was questioned.”

In mitigation, the defendant’s solicitor Frank Gearty handed in €700 to the court in compensation on behalf of his client.

“He is bipolar,” said Mr Gearty before pointing to the fact that the defendant was also a qualified electrician who was currently not working.

“He is not working because of the bipolar.”

The defendant then addressed the Judge.

He said that particular time in his life had been very bleak.

“Everything that happened at that time, happened during a bleak period in my life,” he added.

Meanwhile, Judge Hughes moved to dismiss the case under section 1 (1) of the Probation Act.