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A business student who stole an umpire’s uniform from Croke Park stadium was caught wearing it drunk on a nearby street, a court heard.

Keith McCann (20) had also smashed a local resident’s front door and gardai were investigating this when they spotted him wearing the uniform.

Judge James Faughnan told McCann he would leave him without a criminal record if he paid €100 compensation for the damage caused, and €250 to charity.

McCann, of Sean McDermott Street Upper, pleaded guilty to theft of an official umpire’s uniform from Croke Park Stadium on July 25 last.

He also admitted causing criminal damage to the front door of a flat at Ballybough House on the same date.

Another charge of trespassing at Croke Park was withdrawn by the prosecution.

Garda Neil Cepeda told Dublin District Court a local resident complained that the front door of his home had been broken at 6am.

Shortly after, the garda took a report that a group of men had trespassed at Croke Park and stolen an umpire’s uniform.

At St Joseph’s Avenue, Garda Cepeda observed the defendant wearing the uniform.While carrying out enquiries, he found out that McCann was also the person involved in the criminal damage incident.

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McCann was very drunk at the time, but co-operated and apologised. He had no previous convictions of any kind.

The accused and his friends had been out drinking previously, his barrister said.

The incident was out of character for the accused, he had very little recollection of what happened in the flats but accepted that the damage was caused and he “apologised profusely”.

McCann had completed his Leaving Certificate and was now in the first year of a four-year degree course.

He was studying business in a well-known college in the city centre and “knew better” than to behave like this.

He was working part-time in a shopping centre to pay his way through college and wanted to progress his career in accountancy.

His lawyer asked the judge to consider leaving the defendant without a criminal record, saying convictions could have a serious effect on his prospects for the future.

Judge Faughnan said involving restorative justice services and making a compensation order was a “more appropriate sanction”.

He said he would strike the charges out if this was done and a charity donation paid.

The case was adjourned to February.

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