Kerry man found drinking champagne on roadside had slashed neighbour’s tyres

A man found drinking champagne and wearing latex gloves on a north Kerry roadside at 5am had just slashed the tyres of his neighbour’s car, Tralee Circuit Court has heard. Tralee Courthouse2 Kelvin Coyne of Drumcunnig, Abbeydorney pleaded guilty to a number of charges dating back to June and July 2014 in what his defence barrister described as an ‘utterly bizarre’ case. The court heard that Mr Coyne mistakenly believed that he hadn’t been paid properly for work on a neighbour’s house and that his dispute with the neighbour had developed from there. On June 18th, 2014, the accused entered the curtilage of the property with a lump hammer and damaged a garage door and a motorcycle. The following month, the property owner was woken at 5am and discovered the tyres of her car had been slashed with a knife. When gardaí arrived, they found Kelvin Coyne walking out of Abbeydorney village – he was intoxicated, was drinking a bottle of champagne by the neck and was wearing latex gloves. When questioned he denied slashing the tyres and made threatening remarks about his neighbour. Defence barrister Brian McInerney said that even in Kerry it was unusual to find someone drinking champagne at 5am on the roadside. He said his client had been harbouring a grudge, had a difficulty with alcohol and had been unemployed at the time following the economic crash. Judge Tom O’Donnell adjourned the case to January to allow for the payment of compensation of €1,560, the value of the damage caused.