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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Jobless man trashed hotel room with pals

PARTY: €1,400 worth of damage caused during drunken rampage

A young man who drunkenly trashed a hotel bedroom and caused over €1,400 in damage.

Alan Geoghegan (22) denied he did all the damage himself, claiming he was part of a group of youths who checked into the Travelodge in Castleknock.

They totally destroyed the hotel bedroom, but so far only Geoghegan has been charged in relation to the matter.

Blanchardstown District Court heard the defendant pulled the curtain pole and curtains off the wall, smashed a mirror, turned furniture upside down and broke a chair and wall picture.

The damage was €1,400.

A judge adjourned sentencing for two months to allow the defendant to save €700 compensation.

Geoghegan, of Ravenswood Crescent in Clonee, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to a single count of criminal damage.

The incident took place at the Travelodge, Navan Road, Castleknock on January 16 last.

Garda Sergeant Damien Galligan said Geoghegan completely wrecked the hotel room. He and a group of friends had checked into the hotel earlier that day.

The defendant further admitted to a number of public order matters, as well as spitting in the back of a patrol car and trespassing on a property at Bishop's Orchard, Tyrrelstown on January 31 last.

The court heard Geoghegan, who is unemployed, was at a house party, got very drunk and into a row with friends, and wandered onto the private property as he was lost and didn't know where he was.

Gardai said Geoghegan has six previous convictions, including convictions for drunken driving.

Judge Patrick McMahon said it is clear to him that Geoghegan's offending is drink-related.

The judge said he needs to get help for his alcohol addiction.

Geoghegan's lawyer said the defendant's mother is battling cancer, and that has affected him.

Judge McMahon adjourned sentencing for eight weeks to allow the defendant to save up €700 to pay for the damage to the hotel room.

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