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Party pals burst a water pipe in drunk drive in stolen golf buggy

A PAIR of friends stole a golf buggy, drove it through a fence and burst a water pipe in a drunken prank, a court heard.

Jake Brennan and Andrew Baxter (both 21) were caught after residents in a number of southside estates complained to gardai about three youths driving around in a golf cart.

They, and a juvenile accomplice, were on their way home from a party when they took the golf buggy.

Judge Clare Leonard said it appeared the men had watched too much TV.

She ordered them to complete an alcohol awareness course and adjourned sentencing to a date in September.

The defendants admitted before Dun Laoghaire District Court to stealing a golf buggy from Leopardstown Golf Centre in Foxrock.

High jinks

Brennan, of Mount Eagle View in Leopardstown, was the driver of the vehicle and he also admitted to criminal damage.

Garda Sergeant Peadar McCann said the men took a golf buggy, drove it through a white fence to get out of the golf centre and burst a water pipe by driving over it.

Sgt McCann said the golf buggy was not damaged but there was damage of €500 to the fence and water pipe.

The sergeant said gardai received a number of complaints from residents who claimed that youths were driving a golf buggy through a number of estates.

Sgt McCann said the defendants fled when they saw the gardai but they were caught a short distance away. The golf buggy was recovered undamaged.

The court heard that the men have never been in trouble before.

Their defence lawyer described the incident as "drunken high jinks".

She said that Baxter, of Sandyford Hall Court in Sandyford, was very drunk and made full admissions to gardai.

The court heard that Brennan had €250 in court for the damage he caused.

The lawyer said the men were on their way home from a party, were drunk and the incident was a foolish prank.

Judge Leonard ordered them to complete an alcohol awareness course and adjourned sentencing to September.

She ordered Brennan to have the balance of compensation in court on the next occasion.

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