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'Sorry I'm late, my suit shrank in tumble dryer,' man tells court

A MAN who was late for court told the judge he had been waiting on his suit to dry but then couldn't wear it as it had shrunk.

Brian Mulligan (27), who is charged with entering the grounds of a house at Abbeyvale Avenue in Swords on May 7 with the intent to commit an offence, was due to be at Swords District Court at 10.30am on Tuesday.

However, when his case was mentioned, his defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said the defendant hadn't appeared as yet. Judge Dermot Dempsey agreed to put the case back to second calling.

But, when Mulligan still hadn't appeared before the court when his case was called a second time, a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

Mulligan, of Glasmore Park in Swords, arrived just before 12pm and explained to the court that he was late because he was waiting on his suit to dry in his tumble dryer.

"But then it shrunk to two times too small," said Mulligan, who ended up wearing a tracksuit to court.

"It gets better," Judge Dempsey quipped and asked if Mulligan could bring his suit to court on his next date to show him but then he said Mulligan didn't need to bring it.

He proceeded to cancel the warrant and remanded Mulligan on continuing bail to reappear before the court on June 23 for a plea or to fix a date for hearing the case.