A burglar who escaped arrest by swimming across a canal was later found wearing his wet clothes hiding in a rubbish bin, a court has heard.
Gardai chased Keith Kenny (35) out of a Maxol garage and he jumped into the nearby Grand Canal and over a fence in the Dolphin House flats.
They later discovered Kenny hiding in a bin in a rubbish chute for the block of flats he lives in. Garda Gary Kilan told the court that Kenny was wet and was still holding the screwdriver he had been spotted with in the garage.
Kenny of Dolphin House, Dolphins Barn, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to trespass and criminal damage at the Maxol garage on December 12, 2011.
Judge Martin Nolan imposed a sentence of two and a half years imprisonment.
The court heard he has 56 previous convictions, including robbery.
Garda Kilan said the father-of-one told them he wanted to clear a drugs debt in order to give his daughter a good Christmas.
Luigi Rea, defending, said his client had previously worked as a roofer and also ran a coal round. He said the Dublin ban on smoking coal put a stop to his coal round.
He said he developed a drugs habit but was in control of it until he was left shocked after having cut down a neighbour who was trying to hang himself.