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Sunday 4 December 2016

Drunk man smashed up ex-partner's home

A MAN who trespassed at his ex-partner's home and smashed up her sitting room during a drunken rage has been sentenced to six months in prison
A MAN who trespassed at his ex-partner's home and smashed up her sitting room during a drunken rage has been sentenced to six months in prison

A MAN who trespassed at his ex-partner's home and smashed up her sitting room during a drunken rage has been sentenced to six months in prison.

Keith Sullivan (37) had blood on his hands from cuts he sustained after he broke a window when gardai arrived at the house in Finglas.

Neighbours were on the street shouting that he was smashing up the house, Blanchardstown District Court heard.

Gda Brendan Hogan said Sullivan, who has 11 previous convictions, tried to resist arrest and became violent in the garda station after he was arrested.

He pushed an officer and had to be restrained while in custody.

The court heard Sullivan was drinking heavily on the night. He went to his ex-partner's home at 1.15am and managed to gain entry after he smashed a sitting room window and climbed through.

He then went into the sitting room and smashed up the television and a glass table.

Sullivan, of Barry Park, Finglas West, pleaded guilty to trespassing, damaging a front door window pane, smashing a sitting room window, TV screen and glass table at Finglaswood Road in Finglas on January 26.

He also pleaded guilty to resisting arrest and violent behaviour on the same date.

The court heard that Sullivan, who has two children, is currently serving a three-year sentence.

His defence solicitor, Una Buckley, said Sullivan, who has an addiction to alcohol, was going through a very difficult time as his mother was sick and he was drinking heavily on the night.

"His mother was ill and this added to the stress and strain he was under," Ms Buckley said.

She asked Judge David McHugh to "give him some light at the end of the tunnel".

Judge McHugh remarked that "the lady in question is entitled to her justice too" and sentenced Sullivan to six months in prison to run concurrently to the sentence he is already serving.

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