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OAP shocked to find drunk teen behind her sofa

AN elderly woman who went out to walk her dog got a shock when she returned to find a drunken teenager asleep behind the sofa in the sitting room, a court heard.

Martin Lawrence (18) apologised for his behaviour, saying he was very drunk and he got confused as he had a relative living near the dog walker.

A judge ordered Lawrence to complete 150 hours community service in lieu of six months in prison.

The defendant, of Bremore Drive in Balbriggan, admitted before Swords District Court to trespass. He also admitted to public drunkenness.

The incident took place at Hamilton Terrace in Balbriggan on October 28 last year.

Garda John Hanly said the woman left her house shortly after 9am to walk her dog.

She left the front door unlocked, as she was only going for a short walk.

Judge Patrick Brady said it was "very unwise nowadays" for people to leave their door unlocked, adding he thought that practice had died out at least 15 years ago.

Garda Hanly said the woman and her daughter returned home after a short while, and found Lawrence asleep behind the sofa in the sitting room.

The court heard the defendant has no previous convictions.


Defence lawyer Patrick Jackson said Lawrence had not come to garda attention since this incident, and recently qualified with the FAI to train young footballers.

He said the defendant had also stopped drinking.

The court heard that Lawrence was currently unemployed but trained as a mechanic for two years, and was greatly interested in cars.

Judge Patrick Brady also fined Lawrence €850.