A man was caught smashing up a garden gargoyle and taking washing from a clothesline of another man who he had been in a car crash with.

Darragh Sweeney of Killygordan appeared at Letterkenny District Court on public order charges.

The court was told that a couple had been awoken at their home by noise from their garden at 2.40am on April 10th, 2014.

They spotted Sweeney in their garden and he threw an ornamental gargoyle and smashed it and also took clothes off the washing line.

Sweeney, who was intoxicated, then targeted the couple’s car, pulled the windscreen wiper off and then scratched the car.

The total damage caused to the property was €1,010.

Defence solicitor Mr Patsy Gallagher said both parties had been involved in a previous car crash but this had nothing to do with this incident.

He added that his client, of Mounthall, Killygordon had been drunk and had paid compensation to the couple.

He added that his client could not explain why he attacked the couple’s property other than it was an act of stupidity and that there were others involved.

Judge Paul Kelly said he would give Sweeney the benefit of the Probation Act on this occasion.


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