A LEAVING Cert student who stole a wheelie bin and planned to set it alight is guilty of "tomfoolery" and "messing" more than anything else, his lawyer told a court.
Richard Sherry (21) was wheeling the bin towards a fire on a green area of a housing estate when he was stopped by gardai. His lawyer, Padraig O'Donovan, said Sherry was very drunk, and put his behaviour down to "messing".
Judge James McDonnell ordered a pre-sentence report and adjourned sentencing to a date in September.
Sherry, of Beechwood Close in Rathfarnham, admitted before Tallaght District Court to stealing a green wheelie bin worth €90.
He also admitted to public drunkenness in the incident on Woodlawn Park Avenue, Firhouse on March 21 last.
Garda Peter Collins said he was on mobile patrol around 3am when he saw Sherry walking unsteadily and pulling a wheelie bin towards a fire on a green area.
The garda told the court that Sherry admitted he was going to set fire to the bin.
Mr O'Donovan said Sherry is studying for his Leaving Cert, and his exams begin in two weeks.
Judge McDonnell ordered a pre-sentence report and adjourned sentencing to September. As part of the probation order, Sherry must also complete an essay on the damage caused to the environment by burning plastic.