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Castle carpark raiders tried to outrun gardai

DOUGLAS Purcell (29) and Patrick Purcell (20) caused €380 worth of damage to the driver's door of two vehicles. Patrick Purcell also failed to stop for gardai, and he drove up on the inside of five vehicles in an attempt to evade the patrol car.



Judge Dermot Dempsey fined Patrick Purcell €200, ordered him to pay €200 compensation for the damage he caused and sentenced him to four months in prison suspended for two years.

Judge Dempsey adjourned Douglas Purcell's matter to a date in July to allow for the consideration of a suspended sentence.

Douglas, of Melville Square in Finglas, and Patrick, of Marigold Park in Darndale, admitted before Swords District Court to criminal damage at the car park of Malahide Castle on September 20 last year.

Patrick Purcell also admitted to failing to stop for gardai at Baskin Lane in Cloghran on the same day.

Douglas Purcell further admitted to driving without insurance or a driving licence in a separate incident at Portrane Road in Donabate on January 12, 2011.

Garda Leonard Clarke said gardai received reports that three males were breaking into cars at Malahide Castle, and witnesses reported seeing a green Skoda Octavia leaving the scene.

Garda Clarke said he was in a patrol car when he met the vehicle at Baskin Lane. Patrick Purcell, who was traveling in the opposite direction to the patrol car, failed to stop the vehicle, and attempted to drive along the inside of five cars that were parked at a junction.

Garda Clarke said the damage to the driver's door locks of two cars parked at Malahide Castle was €380.

Defence solicitor Kerrie O'Connor said Patrick is unemployed and looking for work. She said he has completed a number of FAS courses.

The court heard that Douglas has 86 previous convictions, including three previous for criminal damage and seven for driving without insurance. He is currently banned from driving for 20 years.

Judge Dempsey fined Patrick Purcell €200 and sentenced him to four months in prison suspended for two years.

The judge adjourned Douglas Purcell's matter to a date in July to allow for the consideration of a suspended sentence.

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