A MAN who damaged a Garda patrol car with a recycling bin has appeared in court.

Seamus Treanor (34) of 13 Burnside, Lower Main Street Letterkenny, appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with three counts of criminal damage.

The court heard that at 2.08am on October 24, 2019, Treanor was observed walking past Milford Garda Station. Treanor stopped, looked around and kicked the passenger side wing mirror of a parked patrol car.

CCTV footage captured Treanor briefly looking around before walking to the opposite side of the road.

He subsequently picked up a blue recycling bin and struck the door of the patrol car before leaving on foot.

Gardaí observed Treanor walking away from the scene before he was arrested and detained.

Treanor did not accept responsibility.

Garda Doran gave evidence that Treanor damaged the wall in the doctor’s room and the table in the interview room of the Garda Station.

“As he was having his finger prints taken, he lost the head and started slamming his hand off the wall,” Garda Doran said.

Treanor, who has one previous conviction for a public order offence, was intoxicated on the night in question.

Solicitor for Treanor, Mr Patsy Gallagher, said his client was a 35-year-old man whose recollection of the night was ‘pretty poor’ as he had medication and alcohol on board. Treanor, he said, had mental health difficulties and had apologised for his actions.

Judge Paul Kelly fined Treanor €100 and also made a compensation order of €400 against the defendant.


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