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Family row brother hit window with head

A DRUNKEN man smashed his head through a window in an attempt to get at his brother, a court heard.

The incident happened after the drunken man's mother locked him out in the back garden of the family home to avoid an argument between him and his brother, the court heard.

James Daly (24) ran into the kitchen and got a knife to attack his brother, but he was locked out in the garden before he could use it.

A court heard that Daly was homeless and living rough on the streets for a while, but is now living back in the family home.

A judge ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to November.

The defendant admitted before Dun Laoghaire District Court to a number of public order and drug charges, including a charge of criminal damage at his family home.

Garda Andrew Doyle said he was called to Daly's home at Moreen Walk, Sandyford shortly after 4pm on June 28 last year.

Gda Doyle said the defendant's mother told him Daly had been drinking all the previous night and was arguing with his brother.

The garda said the defendant ran into the kitchen and got a knife so he could fight his brother, but he was locked outside the back door.


The court heard he put his head through a back window and smashed it, causing €175 worth of damage.

He refused medical attention after he was arrested.

Defence solicitor Ronnie Lynam said Daly has since paid his mother for the damage he caused.

The defendant also admitted to possession of a Stanley blade at Moreen estate in June 2008 and to possession of cocaine with a value of €1,000 for sale or supply at his home on April 12, 2009.