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02 Oct 2022

Bench warrant issued as Judge says man will have to serve jail term

Barrister says the man, who did not appear at court this week when he was due to pay compensation, will 'present himself' for the sentence

Letterkenny court house.

Letterkenny court house.

A bench warrant has been issued for a man who failed to pay compensation to another man whose van he caused damage to.

Salvatore Cinquemani, with an address of The Fairways, Letterkenny, did not appear at Falcarragh District Court on Wednesday.

Judge Brendan O’Reilly issued a bench warrant for the arrest of Cinquemani.

The accused was charged with criminal damage to a Volkswagen Caddy van at Chestnut Grove, Letterkenny, on June 17, 2021.

The matter was before Monday’s sitting of Letterkenny District Court. On Monday, Judge O’Reilly set a deadline of Wednesday for Cinquemani to come up with €1,800 in compensation or face a two-month prison sentence - an order previously made by Judge Raymond Finnegan at a previous sitting of the court.

On Monday, Cinquemani’s barrister, Mr Timothy Morrow, sought further time to get the money together. Cinquemani was unemployed and was assisting in his wife’s business, Mr Morrow told the court.

On Wednesday Mr Morrow, said his client was not present in court and advised that he was ‘not likely’ to pay compensation.

“There seems to be a bit of bad blood between he and the injured party and the sum of money, he doesn’t seem willing to pay,” Mr Morrow said.

“He has difficulties with who the compensation is going to.”

Judge O’Reilly said Cinquemani had been given ‘ample opportunity to reimburse the injured party and he chooses not to turn up’.

Mr Morrow said that given the damage caused to the van, the price on an invoice was ‘likely to be excessive, but we don’t have an alternative invoice’.

“The court hasn’t been excessive with him.” Judge O’Reilly said.

“He isn’t doing himself any favours. I am not going to vary or alter Judge Finnegan’s order so it will have to take its course.”

Mr Morrow said his client was now residing in Northern Ireland, but was instructed that he would face the time. “I am told that he will present himself,” Mr Morrow said.

Judge O’Reilly said Mr Morrow had dealt with the matter ‘very professionally’ and that the outcome was ‘no reflection on you’

Inspector Seamus McGonagle said he had no alternative but to seek for the issuance of a bench warrant. Judge O’Reilly granted the order.

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