first_imgA man stole two buses and caused massive damage to a village green has escaped a jail sentence.Anthony Cavanagh leaving court in Carndonagh. Pic by Northwest Newspix.Anthony Cavanagh, now 23, and another accomplice stole the buses and drove them to Malin Town in Inishowen. Locals in the town, which had won Ireland’s Tidy Town’s competition in 1970 and 1991, had carried out extensive works trying to regain their crown in 2012.But days before the judging Cavanagh, now 23, and another man caused massive destruction to the area which forced the postponement of the judging.Cavanagh, of Glack, Carndonagh, appeared at Carndonagh District Court charged with the unauthorised taking of the two buses and also causing criminal damage on June 13th, 2012.The damage to the Lough Swilly buses amounted to €9,113.27 and the company has since gone out of business.Inspector David Murphy said that at 7.15am on the date, Gardai called to the Glebe, Carndonagh where two buses – a 95DL and a 94DL – had been abandoned.Garda enquiries established one bus had been parked the night before in Carndonagh and the other in Moville.Malin GreenIt also emerged that the two buses had earlier been driven on to Malin Green, causing extensive damage.Cavanagh was arrested on June 14th and told Gardai under interview that he and another person started the engine on the 94 bus and he had driven it with the other person driving behind in his car.The joyriders headed towards Moville and then they got there, saw another bus parked up on the Greencastle road, which they also started.Cavanagh and the other man then drove the buses towards Culdaff and on to Malin.Inspector Murphy said the men had planned to leave the buses on the green but drove around the green area a number of times and then travelled to Carndonagh.The court heard the damage to the green caused great local anger given Malin’s pride in its tidy towns status.Defence solicitor Ciaran MacLochlainn said Cavanagh and another gentleman got involved in the incident as a “prank of the highest order.”He said one of the men took responsibility for the damage at Malin Green and had paid compensation. He added the duo didn’t intend to “damage or keep the buses.”Cavanagh told the court the debacle “wasn’t planned” and “was a bad joke that got out of hand.”He also added that he did not mean to do any harm to the village green.Passing sentence, Judge Paul Kelly labeled the incident as “an absolute disgrace” and noted the company had now gone out of business.He sentenced Cavanagh to 80 hours community service for the unauthorised of the first bus, another 80 hours for the second bus and a further 40 hours for the criminal damage caused to the town’s green.MAN WHO STOLE TWO BUSES AND WRECKED VILLAGE GREEN ESCAPES JAIL was last modified: April 23rd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Anthony CavanaghCarndonaghdonegalInishowen busesLough SwillyMalin Townlast_img