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Blanchardstown District Court

Blanchardstown District Court

Blanchardstown District Court

A part-time boxer caught breaking into a recovery yard was trying to get his car back after it was seized from his wife, a court has heard.

Darren McInerney (33) was on drugs when he got into the yard with an iron bar in what he admitted was an "outrageous" crime. Judge David McHugh jailed him for six months when he appeared before Blanchardstown District Court.

Father-of-three McInerney, of New Road, Portlaoise, pleaded guilty to trespassing in a manner likely to cause fear.

He also admitted possession of an article for use in the course of an offence, interfering with a stationary vehicle and possession of cocaine.

Shutters

Blanchardstown District Court heard gardai were called to Gannon's yard, Avonbeg Industrial Estate, Longmile Road, last September 22.

They found the accused and another man walking around, and McInerney told them he was trying to retrieve his car.

When they viewed CCTV, gardai saw McInerney with a small iron bar in his hand, stooped down at the shutters, trying to open them.

He was also seen getting into the front cabin of a lorry. When he was searched, a small quantity of cocaine was found.

McInerney had 108 previous convictions and was already serving a five-month sentence.

He had got into the truck to get a card to ring the company, his lawyer said. He admitted getting the car was an "outrageous" and "stupid thing to do".

He had got involved in drugs late in life, when he was 29 or 30-years-old.