A man with 101 previous convictions has been fined and ordered to pay compensation, after Dundalk district court heard he forced open a car door in order to gain entry to it.
Eugene Myles (35) with an address at a flat on Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal damage arising out of the incident on St. Nicholas’ Avenue, Dundalk on the 14th of October 2012.
The court heard last Wednesday that another individual was involved in gaining entry to the Opel Astra with the accused, after one of its doors was bent back.
Both were confronted and while the accomplice made good his escape the injured party’s son was able to identify Eugene Myles.
The Defence solicitor told Judge Flann Brennan that his client would previously have been well known to him and had suffered from various degrees of addiction, but since he was given a two and a half year suspended sentence in the Circuit Court in 2010, he has effectively been clean. He said the accused has been before the court three times since then but “for nothing like the level of offending” from before. The solicitor added that the defendant is not labouring under the addiction that he had previously.
Judge Brennan imposed a €100 fine and directed that €200 in compensation be paid.