A SWORDS man pleaded guilty at Drogheda District Court to burglary, dangerous driving while leaving the scene and drug possession on the same date in Monasterboice in February.
Dwayne Hill ( 34) from Hilltown Park, Swords, has paid €100 out of a total of €200 for compensation after breaking a window in the Monasterboice Inn on February 9 this year. He will be ordered to carry out 240 hours of community service in lieu of 12 months in prison, if a probation report on June 7 next year is positive. The court heard gardai were called to an alarm activated at Donegan's (Monasterboice Inn) in the early hours of the morning. On arrival they saw a car leaving the scene, and upon discovering a burglary had taken place, gardai followed the vehicle until it was stopped at the Dublin Road. He was suspected on driving under the influence, which upon urine analysis was cannabis, and also found to have a number of bags of cannabis in his possession. A bottle of Hennessy brandy valued at €26 and five steak knives valued at €90 were recovered in the boot of the car, while damage to the window was estimated at €400. The defendant was said to be now attended a drug counsellor and was trying to leave his significant cannabis use history behind him. Judge Flann Brennan ordered 240 hours of community service in lieu of a 12 month sentence, and adjourned the report until June 7, 2013.