Reveller did €3k damage to hotel door
A REVELLER who tried to get into a closed hotel on St Stephen's Day caused more than €3,000 worth of damage to the front door, a court heard.
Laurence Grocott (29) claimed he wanted to stay in the hotel as a Christmas treat, and he didn't realise it was closed.
Judge John Lindsay ordered Grocott to pay €600 compensation to the injured party and adjourned sentencing to a date in October.
The defendant, of Cushlawn Park in Tallaght, admitted before Dun Laoghaire District Court to criminal damage.
The incident took place at Bewley's Hotel, Leopardstown Road, Dublin 18 on December 26 last.
Garda Andrew Doyle said Grocott approached the hotel shortly after 3am.
Gda Doyle said he did not realise the hotel was closed for Christmas, and he pulled at the front door.
The garda said Grocott smashed the glass in the front door, causing €3,348 worth of damage.
Gda Doyle said that Grocott was arrested a short distance away from the hotel.
The court heard the defendant has 53 previous convictions, mostly for road traffic matters.
Defence lawyer said the damage was unintentional and Grocott co-operated fully with gardai.
The court heard the defendant had been at a house party and he and three of his friends decided to stay the night at Bewley's Hotel.
The lawyer said Grocott had decided to treat himself because it was Christmas.
The court heard that Grocot tried to get into the hotel, which he didn't realise was shut because the Christmas lights were turned on.
There was also a security guard inside the hotel.
The lawyer said the defendant is a father of four children, and his new girlfriend is due to give birth to his fifth child soon.
The court also heard Grocott was surprised at the cost of the damage, but Gda Doyle said the doors were large.
Gda Doyle also accepted there was no sign to indicate the hotel was closed.
The lawyer said Grocott, a former labourer and a full time carer, would be unable to pay the full cost of the damage.
Judge Lindsay said Grocott must have tried very hard to open the door.
Ordering him to pay €600 compensation, Judge Lindsay adjourned the matter to October and told Grocott to start saving.