A Judge has suggested a man who damaged a Garda cell carry out the repairs the himself – after hearing the price of the renovations.

Letterkenny Court.

Letterkenny Court.

Joseph Crossan was arrested for being drunk and for using threatening and abusive language to Gardai in Milford on November 14th last.

Crossan, 33, was taken to Milford Garda station where he used a coin to scrape his name onto the wall of the Garda cell.

He appeared at Letterkenny District Court to face the charges today.

Garda Inspector John O’Toole revealed the cost of the repairs which had been passed on by the Office of Public Works was for €205.

Judge Paul Kelly expressed surprise at the cost of the repairs.

Inspector O’Toole said the entire wall of the cell had to be repainted and part of it filled in.

Judge Kelly asked for a probation report be carried out on Crossan, of 158 Upper Mount Marrion in Milford.

Solicitor Kieran Dillon said his client suffered from mental health issues and was receiving ongoing treatment adding that he was willing to pay compensation for the damage he caused.

Judge Kelly added “Perhaps as part of his probation service, he could paint the cell.”




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