'Spray vandal' fails to gather compensation

DAMAGES AROUND €4,000

A YOUNG WOMAN charged with carrying out a spray paint vandalism spree across south Wexford has been unable to gather compensation as her threeyear-old son is 'extremely ill' in hospital, Wexford District Court has heard.

Ciara Furlong (23), of 49 Monastery Avenue, Taghmon, faces a string of criminal damage charges relating to the spray paint spree on December 10, 2009.

Furlong is charged with spray painting Mayglass Cemetery and Mayglass NS, as well as properties in Piercestown (two), Murrintown, Bridgetown (two), Killinick and Ballymitty.

She also faces charges of driving without insurance and a licence at Trinity Street and the Newtown Road in Wexford town in September and June of last year, and driving without a licence at Rocksborough in Wexford in August last year.

Ed King, for Furlong, said she was pleading guilty to the criminal damage charges. ' There was a substantial amount of damage caused,' said Judge Donnchadh O Buachalla, who asked if there was an estimate of the cost of removing all the spray paint.

Mr King said the estimate is in the region of €4,000, but pointed out that there is a co-accused defendant, Mark Kehoe (23), of 35 Monastery Avenue, Taghmon, who faces all the same criminal damage charges as Furlong.

Judge O Buachalla asked Mr King what steps Furlong has taken in terms of paying compensation since the incident occurred in December 2009.

Mr King said that his client is on social welfare and has an 'extremely ill' three-year-old son, who was being cared for in Wexford General Hospital's ICU unit since early May. 'It will be some time before she can discharge her share,' he said.

Judge O Buachalla felt it would be prudent to see a probation officer's report before he imposed a penalty on Furlong and put all charges against her back to September 5 next, to allow that report to be compiled.

The court heard that her co-accused, Kehoe, was putting together a weekly sum towards his share of the compensation and his case was also adjourned until September 5.

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