A Clontarf man accused of vandalising Eamon de Valera’s grave has told a court ‘’it was a moment of madness.’’
The former President and Taoiseach’s headstone in Glasnevin Cemetery was damaged on January the 25th.
John Moore (57) of Cherrymount Crescent in Clontarf appeared in court the day after charged with criminal damage and the unlawful possession of knives.
He appeared before the District Court again today where he told the Judge he had no solicitor and said ‘’I beg for forgiveness. It was just a moment of madness and I painfully regret doing it.’’
Under his bail restrictions, Mr Moore was previously told to stay away from Glasnevin Cemetery.
He asked the Judge if he could visit the Cemetery as he has a child buried there and it was their anniversary recently.
The Judge told him the DPP still hadn’t decided how to proceed with the case and it had to be put back for eight weeks.
He asked the accused not to go into the Cemetery until then
The accused said ‘’It was an appalling thing I done’’ and the Judge advised him not to speak any further as he didn’t want him to prejudice himself.
Mr Moore was remanded on continuing bail and the case is back before the courts in June.