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Man who broke pub door avoids prison

A MAN with 50 previous convictions who smashed a window pane on a pub door has been given a nine month suspended sentence.

Gerard Keane (35) has also been convicted and fined €300 for being intoxicated on a different date and has been warned to be of sober habits in the future.

Keane, of Mooretown Avenue in Swords, pleaded guilty at Swords District Court to causing criminal damage by smashing a window pane on the door at The Star pub on Main Street in Swords on July 17 last year. He further pleaded guilty to being intoxicated and using threatening and abusive behaviour on Main Street in Malahide on February 2.

Garda Fiona Gleeson gave evidence that while Keane was leaving the pub he kicked the door causing the window pane to smash. The damage caused amounted to €107.50.

Sergeant Bob Kavanagh said in February Garda Michael McCabe arrested Keane as he was intoxicated and drinking from a can of Budweiser while on the Main Street in Malahide. He said Keane became abusive to gardai and was arrested. Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said the father-of-three is 100pc committed to staying away from alcohol.

Judge Dermot Dempsey remarked that Keane has had plenty of opportunities but said he will give him one final chance and imposed the suspended sentence.