Tuesday 15 October 2019

Month sentence for intruder's 'idiotic' actions

Nicola Donnelly

A young man who walked into a house uninvited while he was heavily intoxicated in what was described as 'idiotic behaviour' has been sentenced to one month in prison - after he failed to cooperate with the Probation Service.

Kevin Joyce (21) refused to leave the house when the occupants discovered him there and claimed he was there with a friend.

However, the court heard he was on his own and when gardai arrived to arrest him for trespass he stumbled over and fell.

The defendant, of Mourne Court in Skerries, Co Dublin pleaded guilty at Balbriggan District Court to trespass at a house at Hoar Rock in Skerries on February 10. He has no previous convictions.

The court heard the incident happened at 10.20pm and the occupants of the house were in their 30s.

Defence barrister, Patrick Jackson said gardai spoke to the defendant warning him of the seriousness of what he had done and that there was a potential charge of burglary.

'He has a problem with alcohol and doesn't have a clear memory of what happened nor the seriousness of what he did,' said Mr Jackson. He said the defendant is trying to address his drink issue.

'Alcohol is never an excuse but he did something stupid. It was idiotic behaviour of a young man who had too much drink,' he added.

'He has been offered a job with a reputable company and as he has no previous convictions, a conviction now could hinder things for him,' said Mr Jackson.

Judge Dermot Dempsey previously ordered a Probation Report to assess whether the defendant is suitable to take up community service work in lieu of a prison sentence.

However, a report handed in stated he did not attend for two appointments.

Imposing a month's prison sentence, Judge Dempsey said the defendant 'got an opportunity to comply and didn't'. He fixed recognisances in the event of an appeal.

Fingal Independent