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Sunday 20 April 2014

Sports centre trashed by man just in boxers after drink binge, court told

Christopher Tuohy
Christopher Tuohy

A man was arrested for causing €14,000 worth of damage to a community centre after gardai spotted him leaving the premises wearing only boxers and carrying a fire extinguisher.

Christopher Tuohy and an accomplice went on a rampage through the centre after drinking heavily and taking drugs.

He was stripped to his underwear because he had decided to go for a swim during the incident, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard.

His defence counsel submitted that it was an act of madness and that “they were not a crack-team of professional burglars”.

Tuohy, of Old Church Avenue Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to trespass and criminal damage at Clondalkin Sports Centre on November 14, 2012.

He has 16 previous convictions for public order, trespass and theft offences.

SENTENCING

Judge Mary Ellen Ring adjourned sentencing until April and ordered an updated report from the Probation |Services.

She commented that it is the people of Clondalkin who are the main injured parties since they were deprived of the use of the centre through Tuohy’s actions.

Judge Ring remanded the 21-year-old on continuing bail and suggested Tuohy find a way to repay the community in some way.

She said she is concerned he will not be able to stay crime and alcohol-free over the Christmas season and warned he will be sent into custody if he gets into trouble.

The centre manager was alerted and arrived on the scene while the incident was still on-going. He saw a broken window and decided to call gardaí who arrived minutes later.

Gda Brennan said when the manager arrived he saw Tuohy leave through the fire escape. He was dressed in his underwear and carrying a fire extinguisher. His feet were bleeding heavily from the broken glass.

He was arrested but deemed unfit for interview. When gardaí were able to speak to him he said he couldn’t remember anything but admitted it was him on the CCTV footage.

Defence counsel Mark Lynam BL said that Tuohy was himself a user of the sports centre and is very remorseful.

He said his client is no longer taking tablets and is addressing his alcohol problem.

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