08 Aug 2022

Offaly direct provision resident fined for damaging boot of car while drunk on street

Offaly direct provision resident fined for damaging boot of car while drunk on street

Offaly direct provision resident fined for damaging boot of car while drunk on street

A FORMER resident of a direct provision centre in Banagher last week pleaded guilty to damaging the boot of a car as it was being driven through the town in November.

Dilbag Dilbag, 29, who is now living in a direction provision centre at the Commercial Inn, Rathdowney, Co Laois, also admitted a breach of the peace and being drunk in public.

Tullamore District Court heard that on November 4 last at Main Street, Banagher at 5.30pm Mr Dilbag was extremely intoxicated and was interfering with traffic.

A passing car pulled in to avoid him and he damaged it with an implement, with the damage estimated to cost €700.
Judge Catherine Staines was told the accused was arrested at the direct provision centre in Banagher where he was staying at the time.

He had a previous conviction from 2016 for failing to produce a valid passport and was fined €100 for that offence.
Patrick Martin, solicitor for Mr Dilbag, said he client came from difficult family circumstances in India and at the time of the offence he had lost a job and was drinking a lot.

A man in receipt of a €39 per week allowance, he had stopped drinking since. He still had a work permit and hoped to return to work.

Having examined a photograph of the damaged car, a Seat Ateca, Judge Staines said it looked as if the damage had been caused by a key.

She was told the woman who had been driving the car was insured but it was not known if a claim had been made.

Judge Staines ordered a restorative justice report and said it may be the case that Mr Dilbag might be able to do some work in the community.

A restorative justice programme might also assist the man in addressing his drinking, she said, adjourning sentence to June 16 next.

She also ordered that €500 be paid from the court poor box to the woman who was driving the car, saying the incident must have been very frustrating for her.

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