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Friday 25 July 2014

Man found asleep in a wheelie bin abused staff

Eimear Cotter

Published 03/06/2014|08:57

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A BRICKLAYER shouted abuse at binmen after they discovered him sleeping in a wheelie bin, a court heard.

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Gavin Power (36) was told by Judge Victor Blake he should not have been in the bin and was “fortunate” to have been found.

He imposed a seven month sentence.

Judge Blake told Power that sleeping in a wheelie bin was “extremely dangerous”, as there have been other incidents where people lost their lives.

He said Power was “fortunate” the binmen woke him, but instead he reacted by verbally abusing them.

The defendant, who is homeless but with a previous address at Harcourt Street, Dublin 2, admitted before Cloverhill District Court to a number of public order matters as well as trespass and attempted theft.

Gda Sgt Brendan Stynes said binmen were emptying wheelie bins in Temple Bar at around 4am last July 18 when they found Power asleep in a bin.

Sgt Stynes said Power became abusive towards the workers, and had to be taken out of the bin. He said Power was also found trying to climb over a gate into an unoccupied premises at Lamb Alley, Christchurch, at around 7pm last August 18.

Defence solicitor Paul Hannon said the building was a derelict factory and Power was sleeping rough in it.

Sgt Stynes said Power also tried to steal scratchcards from Centra, Mountjoy Street, last February 14.

In relation to that incident, Sgt Stynes said Power climbed up on to the shop counter and grabbed the cards. He tried to run away, but was stopped by staff.

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Mr Hannon said Power has battled a drink problem for years. He was doing well and avoiding alcohol, but he started substituting with heroin, and that caused him even more problems.

He said Power, an unemployed bricklayer, is now on a methadone programme and is doing well in Cloverhill, as he has a roof over his head and is getting three square meals a day.

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