Drunk hid under bush next to ex's house

Blanchardstown District Court

Andrew Phelan

A DUBLIN man found banging on his ex-girlfriend's front door in the early hours of the morning was told to leave by gardai, but was later found hiding under a bush in a neighbour's garden.

Glyn Burchell (41) jumped into the garden next door to avoid the officers the second time.

Judge David McHugh fined him €50 when he appeared before Blanchardstown District Court and admitted charges arising from the incident.


Burchell, of Airlee Heights, Lucan, pleaded guilty to trespassing on the grounds of two houses in a manner likely to cause fear.

He also admitted a related charge of public drunkenness.

The incidents happened at Earlsfort View and Earlsfort Drive, Lucan, last February 8.

Sgt Mary Doherty said Burchell was found intoxicated outside his former partner's house and was banging on her front door at 3.55am.

He initially refused to leave the scene, but did so after being directed several times by the gardai.

However, he returned and was found in the next door neighbour's garden where he was "concealed under a bush".

"He was at his ex-girlfriend's house, he was told to go away and he came back - there is nothing more to it than that," said defence solicitor Terence Hanahoe.

Burchell had a "nervous breakdown" and went for treatment, he added.