Disgruntled Offaly gambler smashes TV in bookies shop
A Portarlington man with a gambling addiction who smashed a television in a bookmakers after losing €400 on horses has been ordered to keep out of all gambling premises.
“You’re never going to win at gambling,” Judge Catherine Staines told Noel Condon (30), Waterfront Apartments, Portarlington.
At last week's sitting of Portlaoise District Court, Condon was charged with criminal damage.
Inspector Maria Conway gave evidence that on October 18 this year, at 3.20pm, the accused went into Boylesports, Main Street, Portlaoise, where he took the handle of a sweeping brush and threw it at a television.
Insp Conway said the State had no record of the amount of damage caused.
The accused had 37 previous convictions.
Defence, Mr Declan Breen said that the accused had a history of alcohol addiction and a gambling addiction, which he had kept under control for the last two or three years.
He self-barred himself from bookmakers shops and asked to be refused service, but at this shop the barring period had expired and after coming into money there was too much temptation for him, so he put all the money on the horses and lost it.
Out of anger and frustration at what he had done, he picked up the brush and smashed the television, said Mr Breen.
Defence went on to say that the accused went straight to the garda station to report what he had done and cooperated fully.
He hadn’t assessed the damage, said Mr Breen, but the accused had €200 in court to offer as compensation.
He also had a letter of apology.
Judge Catherine Staines asked was the accused willing to stay out of gambling premises, to which the accused replied he was.
Judge Staines directed that the €200 go to Boylesports, and remarked that the shop had already received €400 from him in lost bets.
Ordering him to stay out of all gambling premises, Judge Staines bound the accused to keep the peace for one year.
“You’re never going to win at gambling, that’s how these shops make money. They’re always going to win and you’re always going to lose,” she told the accused.