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Would-be burglar was found on roof of house

A DUBLIN man was caught on the roof of a house in an attempted burglary after he saw an open window.

Mark Tighe (30) was given a five-month suspended sentence at Blanchardstown District Court.

Tighe, of Chaplain's Place, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to attempted burglary at Hayden's Park Walk, Lucan, on October 15 last year. He also admitted trespassing at nearby Grifeen Glen Wood on the same date.

The court heard gardai were called after it was reported that a man was trying to enter a house through an upstairs window.

A description was issued and the defendant was arrested a short distance away.

Tighe had seen the window ajar as he was walking past and it was a "somewhat opportunistic" crime.

He was found on the roof of the house and did not have any implements with him. There was nobody home at the time.

Tighe had had a "terrible drug addiction" but had now removed himself from Dublin and was on methadone, said his barrister, Jennifer Jackson.

He was now using his time volunteering with the Dogs Trust, cleaning out kennels

Judge David McHugh said he was suspending the sentence for two years because he was vulnerable to possible re-offending.

He noted that while the defendant had previous convictions, none was for burglary or theft.

A condition of the suspension is that he continues with any necessary treatment.