The case against a man charged with damaging an Aldi car park clamp has been dismissed after seven adjournments.

Judge Kevin Kilrane sitting at Donegal District Court on Wednesday dismissed the matter because a crucial prosecution witness could not be located.

Alan Kennedy (38) of Brentner, Inver was facing a charge of criminal damage of a lock belonging to RFC Clamping. It was alleged that the offence took place at Aldi car park, Donegal Town on March 8, 2017.

Previous court sittings heard from defence solicitor Francis Gillespie that the store manager had asked the security company employee to remove the clamp at the time. However, the clamper had refused to do so. Kennedy then removed the clamp himself.

A copy of the contract between the store and the security company had previously been sought.

The latest adjournment was so that the security company employee who clamped the car could give evidence.

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Inspector Denis Joyce said: “Unfortunately my key witness who put the clamp on has left the employment. We tracked him down to an address at North Donegal but he is not there. The Social Welfare has no record of him receiving any payments.”

The inspector said he had no option but to ask that the matter be dismissed.

Judge Kilrane agreed to do so.

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