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Alcoholic scared his neighbour

AN ELDERLY lady got the fright of her life when her drunken neighbour started banging on her back window during the early morning, a court heard.

Harold Griffin (67) said he was drunk at the time of the incident, and though it was before 8am he had already consumed a bottle of vodka.

He apologised for his behaviour, saying he did not mean to upset his neighbour.

A judge fined Griffin €500.

The defendant, with an address at Hamilton Way, Balbriggan, admitted at Swords District Court to a charge of trespass on June 29 last.

Garda Darragh Lynch said Griffin was found by gardai in the back garden of the house in Balbriggan town centre. He was shouting and banging on a back window. Garda Lynch said the owner of the house is a lady in her 80s and she was terrified by the banging.

The garda said the woman thought that a burglar was trying to break into her house. The court heard that Griffin has 14 previous convictions, mostly for public order matters.

Defence lawyer said Griffin is a chronic alcoholic, and suffers from a heart condition, as well as problems with his lungs and kidneys. The lawyer said that although the incident took place at 7.45am Griffin had already consumed a bottle of vodka that morning.

Judge John Coughlan fined the defendant €500.