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Man broke glass door in garda station

A MAN broke a door in a garda station when he showed up in the early hours and began to shake it violently, a court heard.

Paul Clinton (47) had no memory of the incident, which happened when he was drunk.

Judge Michael Walsh adjourned the case against him for payment of compensation at Dublin District Court.

Clinton, of Ballygall Parade, Finglas East, pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage at Pearse Street Garda Station on August 4, 2009.

The court heard he came into the station's public office at 3.08am, behaving in an intoxicated and aggressive manner.


He tried to gain access to the staff area, grabbing glass doors and shaking them violently.

A glass panel in the door broke as a result.

The cost of the damage was €104, the court heard.

The defendant had a number of previous public order convictions.

Clinton had been depressed and was drinking heavily on the night of the incident, his lawyer said.

He had no real memory of what happened, and was seeking an adjournment to pay compensation for the damage.

Judge Michael Walsh adjourned the case to next month.