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Pub workers broke into car after day of drinking

TWO pub workers who broke into a car and caused nearly €800 worth of damage had spent the day drinking and their memory of the incident is very "sketchy", a court heard.

Conor Ahern (18) and Conor Loughran (20) said they got into a lot of trouble with their parents who were not at all happy with their behaviour.

Judge Patrick Brady ordered the two men to pay €800 compensation for the damage to the car, and ordered them to complete 150 hours community service in lieu of six months in jail.

Ahern, of Mount Drinan Crescent, and Loughran, of The Crescent, Melrose Park, both in Kinsealy, admitted before Swords District Court to charges of criminal damage and unauthorised interference with a vehicle.

The incident took place at Aspen Park in Kinsealy on September 29 last year.

Garda Killian Leydon said he was on mobile patrol shortly after midnight when he received a call about two males who were acting suspiciously beside a 1995 Dublin-registered vehicle.

Garda Leydon said Loughran ran from the car when he saw the gardai, but was caught hiding in a nearby garden. Ahern was arrested in the car.

The garda said there was damage to the door lock and to the cowling of the car. The total cost of damage was €792.

The court heard Ahern has seven previous convictions, mostly for public order matters, while Loughran has four previous convictions, for public order and theft offences.

Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said Ahern works as a lounge boy and lives at home with his parents.

She said he was willing to pay compensation for the damage he caused.

In relation to Loughran, Ms D'Arcy said he works as a barman in the same pub as Ahern, and was also willing to pay compensation.

She said both men had had too much to drink on the day in question, and their memories of the incident were sketchy.

Judge Brady fined the men €750, and ordered them to pay compensation of €792 as well as witness expenses of €200.

The defendants were also ordered to complete 150 hours community service in lieu of six months in prison.

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