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Monday 23 October 2017

Woman terrified by drunk in her garden

Daniel Cogley
Daniel Cogley

A MAN who trespassed in a homeowner's back garden three nights before Christmas, was drunk and had no intention of committing a crime, Swords District Court has heard.

Daniel Cogley (25) went into the back garden of a house in Glasmore Park, Swords at 2.40am and when gardai arrived, he did not put up any resistance.

Judge Dermot Dempsey said he will consider giving Cogley 120 hours community service in lieu of a two-month prison sentence if the Probation Service deem him suitable.

Cogley, of Mooretown Park in Swords pleaded guilty to trespassing at Glasmore Park on December 22, 2014.

A charge of criminal damage to a door on a garden shed was struck out after the defendant paid for the damage.

Garda Alan Carroll said he received a call from the house owner, a woman in her 40s, to say she disturbed a male in her back garden and that she was fearful of the man.

He said Cogley, who has 17 previous convictions, was on the ground and didn't put up any resistance.

Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said Cogley "had way too much to drink" as it was coming up to Christmas.

"He had no intention of committing a crime," said Ms D'Arcy.

Ms D'Arcy said his previous offences occurred when he was younger and he has been unemployed for a long time. Judge Dempsey ordered a Probation & Welfare Report and adjourned the case until March 30.

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