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Trouserless carer walked into woman's home at night

A CARER for the elderly pushed his way into a young woman's home while he was drunk and wearing no trousers after a night celebrating an All-Ireland hurling match, a court heard.

Liam Wallace (23) left the victim "confused" after he called to her door late at night and pushed his way into her house.

He was so drunk on the night he could not remember anything after he left the pub.

A judge said his excuse that he had been celebrating the All-Ireland hurling final draw between Galway and Kilkenny was "ridiculous".



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However, Judge Victor Blake said he would leave him without a conviction if he made a €400 charity donation.

Dublin District Court was told he intended training to be a nurse and a criminal record could prevent this.

Wallace, of The Paddocks, Ratoath, Co Meath, pleaded guilty to criminal trespass at Glengariff Parade, Phibsborough, on September 10 last.

Sgt Niall Murphy told the court the accused went to the victim's address in a very intoxicated state at 1am.

He was not wearing any trousers at the time.

The occupant of the house, a 22-year-old woman, opened the door and the defendant pushed his way past her and inside.

He appeared confused and when told to leave, he went stumbling out the front door.

The court heard the woman was also "more confused than in fear at the time".

Wallace had been working as a carer for older people for the last two years, having completed a VTAC course, his solicitor said.

He had been out celebrating the final with his girlfriend on the night and got intoxicated to the extent that he did not remember anything about what happened after they left the pub they had been in.

Judge Blake remarked that there had been "no reason for celebrating that day".

Wallace, who had no criminal record, was hoping to return to college to complete a nursing course. He wanted to work as a nurse but there was a requirement that he have no convictions, his solicitor said.

She asked Judge Blake to consider allowing the defendant to make a charity donation rather than convict him.

"He is very embarrassed to be before the court and very sorry", she said. "I can put the matter no further than that".

She added that the defendant was "someone who won't be troubling the court again".

Judge Blake said that the offence was "a serious matter for this young lady".



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"It was not very nice, what happened and the excuse he gave is absolutely ridiculous", the judge said.

He asked the defendant if he had cut down on his alcohol consumption, to which Wallace replied: "I have just stopped. I haven't drank since."

Judge Blake adjourned the case to October 15, and told Wallace that if he paid ¤400 to charity, he would leave him without a conviction.

aphelan@herald.ie


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