I just read this on RTEs' website:
Paul Stokes gets two years for what amounts to criminal damage to the tune of E14,000.
Does that not seem excessive? Though the last year is suspended, I have seen rapists, drug dealers and muggers get about the same (or less) for causing much more public distress. Given that Stokes has been in the Central Mental hospitol between the incident and now, how can locking him up bee seen as anything other that punushing a mentally ill man? I see no mention in the article that his mental condition will be taken into account so he can spend the year in Hospital.