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Homeless man tried car door

A DUBLIN man was caught red-handed by a plainclothes garda as he tried to open the door of a car, a court heard.

Michael Connors (31) was homeless at the time and looking for a place to shelter.

The defendant, of Bentley House in Dun Laoghaire, admitted before Dun Laoghaire District Court to interfering with a motor car.

The incident took place at Mount Carmel House, Sandycove Road in Sandycove on last August 28.

Judge Bridget Reilly adjourned the matter for six months for a probation report.

Car damage teen jailed

A TEENAGER who caused €2,100 worth of damage to a car has been jailed for five months by a judge who told a court that judges were being "pilloried" for giving excessively lenient sentences.

Adam Errity (19) was jailed after a court heard he had only come up with a third of the compensation for the incident, which happened in 2011.

Sentencing him, Judge Anthony Halpin said: "Don't do the crime if you can't do the time."

Errity, with an address at Remount Racecourse, Lusk, was charged with unauthorised interference with a vehicle and causing criminal damage at The Boulevard, Mount Eustace, Tyrellstown in October 2011.