Men caught trespassing in Islamic centre at 4am claimed to be 'looking for missing dog'
Two men who were caught trespassing at an Islamic place of worship claimed they were looking for their dog, which had "disappeared".
Karl Fogarty (28) and Darren Bryan (27) were caught by the owner of Warrenstown House in Blanchardstown as they tried to get out at 4am, Blanchardstown District Court heard.
Fogarty, who has 37 previous convictions, and Byrne, who has 68, accepted they were trespassing, their solicitor told Judge David McHugh.
Fogarty, of Corduff Close, Blanchardstown, and Bryan, of Hempfield Close, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, pleaded guilty to trespassing at the property last September 21.
The prosecuting garda said he received a call at 4am about the men trespassing and arr- ested them.
He added that Warrenstown House is a place of worship and houses a school for the Islamic community.
"It was very late for them to be out and about and they accept they were trespassing," their solicitor said.
"They were out late walking a dog but they said the dog disappeared and they went into the grounds of Warrenstown House to look for it. They were trying to leave when the owner came along."
The judge said the men "were up to no good as opposed to looking for a stray dog at 4am".
He ordered a probation report to assess them for 120 hours of community service in lieu of three months in prison and adjourned the case until the middle next month.