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Drunken teen tried to escape in pony and trap

A teenager who smashed up a house in a drink-fuelled attack was arrested after trying to escape in a pony and trap, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court has heard.

Glen O'Connor (21), of Cherry Orchard Avenue, Ballyfermot, pleaded guilty to criminal damage and burglary at a house on Cherry Orchard Avenue, Ballyfermot, on August 10, 2009.

His accomplice, Gavin Carroll (19), of Carna Road, Ballyfermot, pleaded guilty to burglary. Both men will be sentenced at a later date.

The court was told that O'Connor and Carroll broke into the home of Patricia Buckley to attack her daughter's boyfriend, who was hiding in an upstairs bedroom.

Detective Garda Stephen Hughes told the court that Ms Buckley arrived home from work and heard the door of the house been kicked through and two men shouting for 'Travis'.

After calling gardai, she saw that O'Connor had smashed through the door of a bedroom where the man named Travis was sitting on the bed.



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Garda Hughes said that Ms Buckley saw O'Connor, who was extremely drunk, "grabbing whatever he could and using it on Travis".

He agreed that Carroll had very little involvement in the attack. During the attack a sliding door was kicked in and thrown at a garden swing and the windows at the front of the house and at the rear door were broken.

Defence counsel said O'Connor "attempted to escape in a pony and trap". Ms Buckley said that she knew the two men and asked for them not to be jailed. Judge Murphy adjourned his sentencing until February.

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