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Prank: Stephanie Lorden apologised for her behaviour. Photo: Caroline Quinn

Prank: Stephanie Lorden apologised for her behaviour. Photo: Caroline Quinn

Prank: Stephanie Lorden apologised for her behaviour. Photo: Caroline Quinn

AN outreach worker locked herself into a fire engine as a joke during a public order disturbance on St Stephen's Day.

Stephanie Lorden (30) jumped into the vehicle with a man she didn't know because she thought it was amusing at the time.

Judge David McHugh struck out the charge after Lorden apologised for her behaviour, and her solicitor said a conviction would have serious consequences for her job.

Lorden, of Old Cabra Road, Dublin, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to locking herself into a Dublin Fire Brigade fire engine.

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Gda Sgt Mary Doherty said gardai and emergency services were called to a large public order incident at Millennium Business Park, Ratoath Road, Finglas, last December 26.

Sgt Doherty said Lorden and her co-accused got into the cab of a fire engine and locked themselves inside.

The officer said that the matter was of major concern to gardai as the keys were in the truck.

The court heard that Lorden had never been in trouble before.

Defence solicitor Margaret McEvilly said the defendant was very sorry for her behaviour and has little recollection of the incident.

She said Lorden had attended an event, the building was too small for the number of people and the emergency services were called.

Judge McHugh said he accepted the incident was a "lark" or a "ruse" and he struck out the charge.

 

HNEWS@HERALD.IE


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