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'Sherlock Holmes' garda finds criminal from snow footprints

A MAN who kicked the front door of a house was caught after gardai traced him by his footprints in the snow.

Tallaght District Court heard Trevor Johnston (22) was kicking the door but he stopped when he saw the officers.

Johnston, of Cushlawn Park, in Tallaght, admitted before Judge John Coughlan to a charge of criminal damage.

The incident took place at Pineview Grove in Tallaght on February 5.

Garda Robert Whitty said officers were on mobile patrol when they received a call about a man acting suspiciously in the area. Garda Whitty said it had been snowing so officers followed a set of footprints in the snow.

The footprints led to Pineview Grove, where Johnston was banging at the front door of a house.


He was also kicking the door. Garda Whitty said Johnston stopped what he was doing when he saw gardai and he was arrested.

Only minor damage was caused to the door. The court heard that Johnston has a number of previous convictions, and is currently serving a sentence.

He is not due for release until April 2014.

Defence solicitor Michael Hennessy said the incident was like something out of Sherlock Holmes and he praised Garda Whitty for his excellent detective work.

Mr Hennessy asked the judge not to add to Johnston's sentence. Judge Coughlan applied the probation act.