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Trespasser had no business in uniform, says judge

AN intruder on land in west Dublin who claimed in court he was an ex-soldier has been given a three-month suspended sentence for trespassing.

Patrick Kiely (44) wore an army combat jacket to court and maintained he had served in the Defence Forces.

However, when he was questioned by the presiding judge, himself a former army officer, the court heard the unit in which Kiely purported to have served did not exist.

Judge David McHugh also said he doubted the authenticity of the uniform the accused was wearing.

GRAVE

Kiely had his sentence suspended after Blanchardstown District Court heard he was on medication, had drunk too much and had come to Dublin to visit his parents' graves.

He did not know why or how he had ended up where he did.

The accused, of no fixed address, Roscrea, Co Tipperary, pleaded guilty to trespassing in a manner likely to cause fear at Coolevin House, Lucan Road, Clondalkin, on March 12, 2012.

Sgt Maria O'Callaghan said gardai were called by the occupant after he found the accused and another man on his land.

The intruders were confronted by the occupant and his son.

Kiely was arrested and brought to Ronanstown Garda Station.

The accused was from Co Tipperary, where he had been raised by his grandparents while his parents lived in Dublin.

Both parents were now deceased and the accused had travelled to Dublin to visit their graves.

INSTRUCTIONS

"He had far too much to drink and doesn't know how or why he came to be in this place," defence solicitor Fiona Brennan said.

"He is wearing the combat uniform of a member of the Defence Forces," Judge McHugh remarked. "Was he in the Defence Forces at any stage?"

Ms Brennan replied that her instructions were that he had been.

Judge McHugh asked Kiely what unit he had been in, to which the defendant replied: "Special ops."

"I was an officer in the army and there is no such unit," the judge replied. "I am just concerned about you wearing a combat uniform of the Defence Forces."

aphelan@herald.ie


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