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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Trespasser told homeowner he'd be killed

Homeowner who confronted a trespasser in his garden was threatened that he would be killed.
Homeowner who confronted a trespasser in his garden was threatened that he would be killed.

A HOMEOWNER who confronted a trespasser in his garden was threatened that he would be killed.

Paul McGearty (35) told the homeowner: “What are you looking at? I’ll f**king kill you, f**k off.”

He had denied being in the man’s garden, claiming he and a friend had stopped their car outside his house so his friend could urinate.

Judge John Lindsay imposed a six-month sentence, suspended for 12 months.

The defendant was found guilty before Tallaght District Court of trespass at Fonthill Abbey in Rathfarnham on April 17 last.

The householder, Brendan Clinch, said he was putting the dog out when the animal started barking and going mad.

Climbing

He then saw McGearty and a second man climbing over a gate into the garden.

McGearty spoke to him, saying: “What are you looking at, stop looking at me” and “I’ll f**king kill you.”

In his evidence, McGearty, of Moreen Close in Sandyford, had claimed he would not go into a garden when there was a dog.

He claimed he and a friend had stopped their car so his friend could urinate under a tree on the public footpath.

McGearty, a plasterer, claimed the homeowner must have looked over the garden wall and seen them.

Imposing the sentence, Judge Lindsay said the experience was unpleasant for the homeowner.

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