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Stuart Walsh of Portland Row, Dublin 1, charged with criminal damage

Stuart Walsh of Portland Row, Dublin 1, charged with criminal damage

Stuart Walsh of Portland Row, Dublin 1, charged with criminal damage

A SHOPPER smashed a supermarket door and caused €500 worth of damage after he was asked to leave, a court has heard.

Stuart Walsh (32) was told to pay full compensation or face jail for the incident, which a judge said seemed to have "no real motivation".

Walsh, a security guard with an address at Portland Row, Dublin 1, pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage at Eurospar in Fairview.

A garda sergeant told Dublin District Court the accused had been in the shop last July 9 when he was asked to leave.

As he left the store, he kicked the door, smashing it and causing damage worth €500.

When gardaí arrived, Walsh had left the scene, but he contacted Clontarf garda station, gave his details and was "extremely cooperative", the sergeant said.

Defence solicitor Eoin Lysaght also said it was the accused who called the gardaí after he damaged the door.

Walsh had €150 in court and was anxious to pay all the money back, Mr Lysaght said. However, he said it was going to take some time.

"It seems to me to be a fairly wanton act on his part, with no real motivation for it," Judge Brian O'Shea said.

He said it also seemed the incident was out of character, Walsh had made full admissions and "handed himself in".

Judge O'Shea adjourned the case to a date in July and said if the accused paid the remaining €350 he would suspend a three-month sentence.

"If not, he will go to prison for three months," the judge added.

Stuart Walsh pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage

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