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Homeowner chased young burglar and helped gardai to catch him

A BRAVE homeowner who disturbed a teenager in his back garden chased him into a neighbouring estate where he helped gardai to find the burglar.

Thomas Connors (18) was later found hiding under a car which was parked on a driveway in Tallaght. The garda helicopter was called out to help in the search for the youngster, a court heard.

Connors has already apologised for his behaviour, saying he was "hanging out with the wrong crowd".

The defendant was remanded on continuing bail to a date in October for an updated probation report and to see if he can stay out of trouble.

Connors, of Rossfield Drive in Tallaght, had admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to a number of burglary, trespass and road traffic offences.

Garda Sergeant Damien Galligan previously told the court that gardai were on mobile patrol in the Kingswood area of Tallaght when a man approached them to say that he had disturbed a youth at his house at Redwood Lawn, Kilnamanagh, shortly before 4am.

Sgt Galligan said the householder chased Connors out of his house and through the Kingswood estate but he lost him on Kingswood Rise.

The court heard the garda helicopter was called out to help gardai and Connors was later found hiding under a vehicle.

The sergeant said Connors has no previous convictions.

Defence solicitor Amanda Connolly previously said that Connors is the eldest of seven and comes from a troubled background. She said his offences make "grim reading", saying he got involved in them because he was hanging around with the wrong crowd.

Judge Patrick McMahon adjourned the matter to a date in October to see if he can keep out of trouble.