Pikeman vandal faces jail term
MUST COME UP WITH €2,500 DESPITE BEING OUT OF WORK
THE MAN who vandalised Wexford's historic Pikeman statue has been told he faces jail unless he can come up with a further €2,500 by September, despite the fact that he has lost his job.
Barry Cullen (30), of 62 St Brendan's Estate, Rosslare Harbour, and formerly Wexford town, is charged with causing criminal damage to the Pikeman at the Bull Ring on July 13, 2010.
Judge Donnchadh O Buachalla heard last week that Cullen has come up with €500 so far, but that the full compensation he owes for the repairs to the Pikeman, which were carried out by Wexford Borough Council, is €3,000.
Ed King, for Cullen, said his client had been working as a scaffolder when he first entered a guilty plea to the charge, but this was no longer the case.
'I lost my job three months ago and it took me five or six weeks to get back on social welfare and I had to use what money I had to live for those five or six weeks,' Cullen told the judge, adding that he would increase his contributions towards the compensation if he gets another job.
Judge O Buachalla warned him that the compensation should be his number-one priority. 'If I don't pay my rent I'm out on the street and there's no point in that either,' responded Cullen.
Judge O Buachalla adjourned the case until September 5 next for penalty, but warned Cullen that he is 'facing a custodial sentence'.