A BELMULLET man who caused nearly €3,000 worth of damage to his ex-wife’s and some of his children’s cars was fined €950 at last week’s sitting of Belmullet District Court.
John Cafferkey of Attycunnane, Belmullet had previously pleaded guilty to four charges of criminal damage to four cars at his former family home at Attycunnane, Belmullet on July 7, 2018.
The evidence in the case was heard in Belmullet District Court in July and the court was told that Mr Cafferkey ‘flipped’ and attacked the vehicles with a scaffolding bar. Mr Cafferkey and his ex-wife were going through a separation and he had spent the day moving his possessions out of the family home following a High Court order.
When he arrived back at the house shortly after 6pm, he found the driveway blocked by by his ex-wife’s car as well as cars belonging to his son, daughter and daughter’s partner.
Mr Cafferkey then picked up a piece of scaffolding and proceeded to damage the cars and also threaten his family. He was also charged with the production of an article namely the scaffolding bar, capable of inflicting serious injury.
Victim impact statements from Bernie Cafferkey and her family were produced in court and Judge Fiona Lydon noted that if they are in fear, the court is always open to them to apply for a protection or safety order. She said she hopes this will give them solace moving forward.
Mr Michael Bohan, solicitor for Mr Cafferkey said his client has paid for the repairs of the damage to the cars and has undergone anger management courses. He added that he is currently employed by the HSE and his employment contract refers to criminal convictions and they were aware of the current situation.
In sentencing Mr Cafferkey, Judge Lydon noted that he had no previous convictions, paid for the damage caused in full and has not come to the attention of the gardaí since this incident. She fined Mr Cafferkey a total of €950 and also fixed recognisance in the event of an appeal.