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After Connolly was arrested he urinated on the floor of his cell

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Dublin District Court

Dublin District Court

Dublin District Court

A BROTHER who shattered his sister's living room window with a can of cider before smashing up her shower door has avoided jail.

Wayne Connolly (40), who caused "significant damage" at his sister's home, was given a four-month suspended sentence after a court heard he had a drink problem and had a "slip" on the day.

Connolly, of Findlater Street, Dublin 7, pleaded guilty to criminal damage last February 17. Dublin District Court heard he went to his sister's house in Dublin 7 in an intoxicated state. He got into an argument with her and threw a can of cider through her sitting room window, completely smashing it, a garda said. He then went into the bathroom and smashed the shower door.

He was arrested at the scene and brought to the Bridewell garda station, where he urinated on the cell door and floor. The cost of the damage to the window and shower door were €300 each, with another €140 fee for the clean-up of the garda station.

Connolly had 67 previous convictions. The accused apologised profusely to his sister for his behaviour, defence solicitor John Quinn said. He had been having a difficult time following bereavements and had too much to drink.

Connolly had alcohol problems in the past and had been doing quite well before he had a "slip", Mr Quinn said.

Judge Treasa Kelly suspended the sentence for 18 months, on condition the accused gets appropriate treatment for his alcohol addiction.

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