Creche burglar 'has changed' since he became a new dad
A new father who burgled a creche and trespassed at a nearby house has "changed his ways" since his baby's birth eight weeks ago.
Darragh O'Hare (25) doesn't remember the incidents because he was taking large amounts of drugs at the time, Swords District Court heard.
Judge Dermot Dempsey ordered a community services report and urinalysis to see if O'Hare was suitable to carry out 240 hours community service in lieu of three months in prison.
The defendant, of Moylaragh Rise, Balbriggan, admitted charges of trespass and burglary at Moylaragh Road and the Children's Village, Chieftain's Way, both in Balbriggan, on February 7.
Garda Aidan O'Halloran said he was on mobile patrol when he received a call about a man in the back garden of a house in Moylaragh Road.
The officer said he was on his way to that call when he received a second call saying a man watching the same description was inside a staff area at a creche.
He said he arrested O'Hare as he was walking away from the creche.
The court heard that O'Hare has 81 previous convictions, including three for burglary.
Defence lawyer Annette Kiely said that at the time of the incidents he was taking large quantities of drugs and couldn't remember anything.
She said O'Hare spent three months in prison following the offences, and was no longer using drugs.
Gda O'Halloran questioned this, saying he believed he was under the influence at his last court appearance in November.
Ms Kiely said the defendant's partner had had a baby eight weeks ago, and he had changed his ways and was focused on being a good father.
The lawyer also said O'Hare regretted his actions and realised the trauma they had caused to the victims.