| 4.7°C Dublin

homeless man told to go back to education

A “CLEVER” young man became homeless after he dropped out of school when a teacher warned him he was going to fail his Leaving Certificate, a court heard.

Ian McGrath (23), who was arrested for smashing a hostel window, was told by a judge he can avoid jail if he enrols in adult education or training.

Judge Anthony Halpin said he would give McGrath “a chance” after the accused admitted throwing an ashtray through the hostel window during a fight with his girlfriend.

McGrath, from Cabra but of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage to the hostel at Nelson Street, Dublin 7 on March 3.

Dublin District Court heard the damage cost €100 to repair. McGrath accepted he had “lost his temper” and was reckless.

McGrath had previous convictions for theft and garda obstruction.

“Why would he throw an ashtray at a window?” Judge Halpin asked. “If it had been open he could have skulled somebody outside.”

Defence Solicitor Declan Fahy said the McGrath was estranged from his family and had been homeless for some time.

Judge Halpin asked the accused about his background and if he had done his Leaving Certificate.

“My teacher told me I was going to fail so I left,” McGrath replied. “It was because I missed so many days.”

“He is clearly a clever man,” the judge said. “If he signs up for adult education, I will give him a chance.”

The case was adjourned.