Ex-soldier trespassed to shelter from rain
A FORMER soldier caught trespassing in an apartment building late at night had been at a pub and was trying to shelter from the rain, a court heard.
George Carroll (54) had the case against him adjourned for a restorative justice programme report.
Mr Carroll, of Joseph Plunkett Tower, Ballymun, pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court to trespassing.
The court heard gardai were called to Woodstock Gardens, Ranelagh on December 30, 2013.
A resident had been asleep at 2.25am when he heard a loud bang at the front door, followed by the sound of footsteps in the communal corridor of the building. There was also a sound like doors being opened.
When gardai arrived, they saw the accused exit by the front door and arrested him.
The court heard the defendant had consumed alcohol, but was not drunk.
He had been drinking in a pub opposite the premises, it was a rainy evening and he came out and sheltered, his solicitor Matthew De Courcy said.
He was also looking for a bathroom.
After the accused left the army, he developed an addiction to alcohol and then to gambling.
He had now straightened things out, Mr De Courcy said.