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.