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A male Garda was treated in hospital for injuries arising from the incident.

A male Garda was treated in hospital for injuries arising from the incident.

Gardai have appealed for witnesses

Gardai have appealed for witnesses

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A male Garda was treated in hospital for injuries arising from the incident.

A NUMBER of birds died due to shock and exposure to the cold after a burglar left the door to a pet shop aviary open, a court heard.

Sean Brady (34) was arrested after DNA evidence linked him to a glove found at the scene.

His accomplice Damien Byrne (45) was caught after he narrowly avoided a collision with a garda car which was responding to an alarm call at the shop.

Judge Dermot Dempsey adjourned sentencing to dates in February.

Brady, of Clonliffe Road, Drumcondra, admitted before Swords District Court to burglary at Kinsealy Pet Store, Posie Row, Kinsealy, on October 24 last year.

Byrne, of Maple Close, Dundalk, Co Louth, pleaded guilty to two counts of careless driving.

Gda Killian Leydon said officers were on routine patrol when they received an intruder alert call from Kinsealy Pet Store owner Aidan O'Connor.

Gda Leydon said Brady was seen running away from the aviary. He said garda technical experts analysed a glove left at the scene and the DNA matched Brady's.

He said a number of birds escaped from the shop, and the owner lost stock worth €660.

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This was due to exposure to the cold and to shock. A number of birds also flew off when the doors to the aviary were left open.

In relation to Brady, Gda Kevin Farrell said he fled the scene in a red 2003 BMW.

Gda Farrell said Byrne drove towards Mr O'Connor, who had to jump out of the way to avoid him.

He said Mr O'Connor smashed the front windscreen of the car with a hatchet.

The court heard Byrne drove away from the scene towards the Malahide Road junction, where he narrowly avoided colliding with a patrol car.

Gda Farrell said the lights on the BMW were off.

It was followed by gardai towards Coolock, and eventually stopped at Artane Road.

The court heard Brady is subject to a three-year suspended sentence and Judge Dempsey adjourned the matter for the consideration of the activation of the sentence.

In relation to father-of-one Byrne, his defence lawyer said he had a heroin problem but is now completely clean from drugs.

Judge Dempsey ordered a probation report and also adjourned sentencing in Byrne's case.

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