A 32-year-old man charged with causing €17,500 damage to a Paddy Power’s outlet by smashing twelve 55-inch TV screens was remanded on €100 bail but ended up in custody since the Summer because he had nobody to come up with that bail money.
Philip Barry, 32, appeared at Cork Circuit Criminal Court this week where he confirmed his plea of guilty to the charge of causing criminal damage.
Judge Brian O’Callaghan put sentencing back until today.
He admitted causing the criminal damage to Paddy Power’s on Cornmarket Street, Cork, on Tuesday, June 4.
During Barry’s previous bail application, Inspector Ann Marie Twomey, asked the defendant: “Have you a problem with Paddy Power’s?”
The defendant who is of no fixed address replied: “Yeah, I gambled. They destroyed most of my life.”
Philip Barry said this was not his normal behaviour and that it was totally out of character for him.
Asked by his own solicitor, Diarmuid Kelleher, if any other Paddy Power’s outlets would be at risk from him if he was released on bail. The defendant replied: “There won’t be any trouble for Paddy Power’s or anybody else.”
At another stage in his bail application, the young man said, “I had nothing to live for, I had no family, no friends. I did it to try and get some help. I didn’t want to be on the streets. I just lost it.”