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Monday 25 September 2017

Dad who damaged car was drinking due to break-up

Christopher Burnett has no idea why he was in Tyrrelstown
Christopher Burnett has no idea why he was in Tyrrelstown

A father-of-two who damaged a driver's door when he tried to break into a car had been drinking and has no recollection of his behaviour.

Christopher Burnett (34) was upset and turned to drink after he split from his long-term partner.

Judge David McHugh ordered Burnett to complete 200 hours of community service in lieu of four months in prison.

The defendant, of Dromheath Avenue, Mulhuddart, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to charges of criminal damage and trying to get into a motor vehicle.

The incident took place at Castlecurragh Heath in Tyrrels-town on July 11 last year.

Sgt Maria Callaghan said Burnett tried to get into a 2002-registered vehicle.

He pulled back the frame of the driver's door and caused €100 worth of damage.

Trouble

The court heard the defendant had 32 convictions, but none since 2013.

In relation to his previous convictions, defence solicitor Kelly Breen said Burnett tended to get into trouble when he had been drinking.

Ms Breen said the father-of-two had stayed away from drink and had been out of trouble for some years.

However, he and his long-term partner split up shortly before this incident and he went back to drinking.

Ms Breen said Burnett has no recollection of the incident, and does not even know why he was in that area.

She said the defendant, who is working part-time, was very sorry for his behaviour and she asked the judge not to send him to jail.

He had brought with him the money for the damage he caused, she said.

Ordering Burnett to complete community service, Judge McHugh said the defendant had made a considerable attempt to get into the vehicle.

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