Friday 23 August 2019

Window vandal spotted on CCTV


A GARDA in Wexford Garda Station observed a man carrying a fire extinguisher down the town's Main Street on CCTV shortly before he threw it through the window of a shop.

Garda Ian Doyle told Wexford District Court on Monday that he was on patrol on May 22 last when he received a radio message from the station at 4.20 a.m. where a colleague was observing footage from CCTV cameras around the town and saw a man carrying a ' large, red fire extinguisher' down the Main Street. He was accompanied by another man.

Garda Doyle went to investigate, but before he got there Quentin Prenderville (31), of 20 James Connolly Park, Tipperary, had thrown the fire extinguisher threw the window of Dv8 at 44 South Main Street, causing €300 worth of damage.

The Garda caught up with Prenderville at Peter Street and said he was 'very drunk'. Prenderville proceeded to give Garda Doyle a false name and address, which was highlighted for the Wexford Garda by his colleagues in Tipperary.

Tim Cummings, for Prenderville, said he was 'drunk beyond recollection' that night, but fully accepted the Garda's evidence. Mr Cummings also said that his client had put together no compensation since the incident as he is on social welfare and has spent a large amount of time in custody in recent years.

Prenderville, who has 32 previous convictions, including a number for thefts, burglaries and criminal damage, was sentenced to eight months in prison on a charge of criminal damage. A charge of public drunkenness was taken into consideration.

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