Man tried to flag down female motorist before smashing her car window
Jail was prescribed for the man who attempted to flag down a woman driver on a Wexford road and then smashed the window of the car when she decided not to stop.
Appearing before the District Court on a criminal damage charge was 21-year-old Cory Jay Connors of 1 George's Court, Waterford.
Judge Gerard Haughton heard evidence from the motorist who was confronted by Connors on the night of March 24.
Teacher Louise Howlin told the court that she had just begun taking night classes in Waterford at the time.
It was around 10 p.m. when she approached Wexford town and saw a man in mid-road. She came to a halt and the defendant told her to roll down her window.
He appeared aggressive, so she hit the locks on her car and swerved around him.
She kept going as the window behind her was broken with a hatchet as she passed.
Ms Howlin said she had left her very anxious about night driving and she took a different route for a while.
She was left with a repair bill of €200.
Solicitor Nigel Allen had €200 cash from his client ready to hand over to the injured party. He said Connors was prepared to raise further compensation if given the time to do so.
The solicitor accepted that the incident described was outrageous but said there was nothing on the defendant's record to suggest he was capable of such aggression.
Cory Connors also admitted driving earlier the same evening without insurance (fine €300 and two year ban) and giving a false name to gardaí (fine €150).
Judge Haughton observed that what occurred must have been horrendous for Ms Howlin.
'Prison is the right place for him,' he observed, handing down an eight month sentence.