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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Prisoner scratched his name on wall of cell

Ballymun garda station
Ballymun garda station

A DUBLIN man scratched his surname into the wall of a garda station cell while he was under arrest and in custody.

Thomas Harvey (35) damaged the wall with the words "Harvey 2015."

Dublin District Court heard the cells at Ballymun Station were "new enough" and there was "plenty of space to damage them".

Harvey pleaded guilty to criminal damage as well as a series of separate offences, including trespassing.

Judge Patrick Clyne referred his case to the drugs treatment court for assessment.

The court heard in another incident, Harvey - of Coultry Drive, Ballymun - was arrested on July 29, 2015, after a homeowner reported a man breaking into cars at the back of his house.

Incident

The accused was seen running away and matched the exact description that had been given.

On November 28 last year, an off-duty garda saw Harvey acting suspiciously at Ballymun Shopping Centre. He stopped him at Balbutcher Lane and found him in possession of a stolen iPad, the court was told.

In another incident, it was reported that men were trespassing at Clonmel Road, Glasnevin, at 3.20am. The accused was in possession of a screwdriver and was wearing gloves when stopped by gardai, but said he was coming from a house party.

Judge Clyne said if Harvey's case was found unsuitable for the drugs court it would return to Dublin District Court for finalisation.

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