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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Fish shop trespasser is battling addiction

John Hayes (33) was charged after an attempted break-in was reported to gardai and he was identified on security footage. Stock photo
John Hayes (33) was charged after an attempted break-in was reported to gardai and he was identified on security footage. Stock photo

A man with a previous conviction for manslaughter was caught on CCTV trespassing at a Dublin fish shop, a court heard.

John Hayes (33) was charged after an attempted break-in was reported to gardai and he was identified on security footage.

Judge Kathryn Hutton referred the case to the Drug Treatment Court.

Gda Bryan Kelly said he was called to Wrights of Marino last October 13 after it was reported that a man was trying to break in to the premises.

He spoke to the victim and downloaded CCTV footage. The accused was identified and later met gardai by appointment at Clontarf Garda Station.

Damage

Hayes, of Belcamp Green, Priorswood, admitted trespassing. No damage was caused to the property and he did not gain entry.

The court heard that Hayes had 33 previous convictions for offences including trespass, burglary and assault. He also had a conviction for manslaughter.

Defence solicitor Declan Fahey said no property was taken and nobody was at a loss. The accused had not been in trouble since the incident.

Hayes had long-term addiction problems and was anxious to deal with them. He was currently on methadone, Mr Fahey said.

The judge remanded the defendant on continuing bail.

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