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Prisoner rampage More jail time for inmate who trashed his prison cell after getting 'bad news'

The cell was also flooded, the court heard, and the total cost of the damage was €825.

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A PRISON inmate trashed his cell when he got bad news about his family and did not cope well with it, a court heard.

Patrick Lawrence (23) took his frustration out on the cell, pulling a TV and sink from the wall.

Judge Bryan Smyth gave him three months of extra jail time.

Dublin District Court heard the accused was placed in his cell on March 30 this year and when the prison officer returned, he found the sink had been pulled from the wall, the toilet cistern was smashed, the viewing hatch was broken and the TV had been pulled down and thrown on the floor.

The cell was also flooded, the court heard, and the total cost of the damage was €825.

Lawrence had 65 previous convictions for offences including assault and was currently serving a three-year sentence handed down in October last year.

On the day he caused the damage, Lawrence had heard some "difficult news in relation to his family circumstances," his solicitor said.

"He didn't cope well with that news and took it out on the cell," he said.

Lawrence was finding the prison regime difficult and that added to his frustration.

He had already been penalised in prison, having lost privileges for 40 days. The damage cost was being deducted from his weekly gratuity.

Judge Smyth said any sentence he imposed had to be consecutive to the three years the accused was already serving.

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