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Thursday 17 August 2017

Man caught in car had just left hospital

A MAN caught in the passenger seat of a vehicle had just been released from hospital, a court heard.

Gary Arnold (24) went straight back into hospital shortly afterwards and received treatment for mental health problems.

Judge Ann Ryan ordered Arnold to engage with the restorative justice services and she adjourned sentencing to a date next month.

The defendant, with an address at Haven House Hostel, Dublin 7, admitted before Dublin District Court to interfering with a motor vehicle at St Alphonsus Road, Drumcondra, last August 26.

Gda Michael Coyne told the court he was on patrol shortly before 2am when he received a call that two men were in a silver 1998-registered Mazda parked in St Alphonsus Road.

Gda Coyne said Arnold was in the passenger side of the vehicle. He said a second man was in the driver's seat and he caused damage to the cowling on the vehicle.

The court heard the defendant has nine previous convictions.

A defence lawyer said Arnold has struggled with drugs in the past and was addicted to pills.

The court heard he had been in hospital before this incident receiving treatment for psychiatric issues.

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He was out of hospital for a short time when this offence happened and he went straight back in afterwards.

He is now back living with his mother.

The lawyer also said Arnold struggled after the death of a close friend when he was a teenager.

The court heard Arnold accepts he should not have been in the car and his drug history is not an excuse for his behaviour.

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