Sunday 25 August 2019

'Ace of spades' vandals given the Probation Act


TWO YOUNG men who during a ' bizarre episode' caused damage to parked cars and electric gates and spray painted the ace of spades have been given the benefit of the Probation Act in relation to the string of offences.

The case involving Jason Eite from Arthurstown and Daragh Firman from Longraigue, Foulksmills, was back before New Ross District Court last Tuesday.

Both defendants are charged with incidents of criminal damage at Coleman, Arthurstown, Poulfur, Kilbride, Duncannon, Battlestown, Ramsgrange, Saltmills, Riverview, Arthurstown, Conna, Fethard-on-Sea, Arthurstown and Tintern. They are also charged with burglary at Winningtown, Saltmills, and these incidents are alleged to have taken place between August 16 and 17, 2008.

The court previously heard that these incidents of criminal damage, included damage to parked cars and electric gates as well as spraying the ace of spades.

Defence solicitor Gerry Flynn explained that both he and solicitor Eric Furlong have put their heads together to figure out what provoked this incident.

'We have speculated and discussed with our clients and their parents. It is one of those bizarre episodes. It occurred some three years ago and prior to that there was no cause for concern for either of these men,' explained Mr Flynn, who suggested it was a ' blip'.

The court heard that compensation has been paid in full and Mr Flynn explained that his 21-yearold client Jason Eite has been offered a job and had a testimonial in court from one of his client's trainers. He told Judge Clyne that a criminal record in the matter would 'scuttle' his career.

Eric Furlong, defence solicitor for Daragh Firman, said his 22year-old client has also paid full compensation and admitted that these offences and the nature of them are 'atrocious'.

Inspector Mick Walsh said the investigating team in Duncannon have no concerns about the two men and Judge Clyne gave them the benefit of the Probation Act.

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