Trespasser spared jail after he was caught in photo company
A young man caught trespassing at a historical picture company has avoided being sent to jail.
Myles Berry was caught in an area of the building where he should not have been.
Judge Miriam Walsh fined the 24-year-old €250 and gave him a three-month prison sentence which she suspended for 12 months.
Berry, of Labre Park, Kyle- more Road, Ballyfermot, admitted a charge of criminal trespass.
Blanchardstown District Court heard that the incident took place at the Red House, in Ballyowen, Lucan, on April 18 last year.
Gda Barry O'Shea said the defendant entered the Irish Historical Picture Company as a trespasser, but was caught before he could do anything.
Berry also admitted failing to turn up at court on April 12.
The court heard that he had one previous conviction for possession of articles.
Defence solicitor Paula Egan said the defendant's mother died from cancer when he was a teenager and his father lived in England.
Ms Egan said Berry was raised with his cousins but added that essentially he had "raised himself".
Berry completed his primary education and sat his Leaving Certificate as well as completing a number of FAS courses and getting a safe pass, Ms Egan said.
She added that he had been in a relationship for the past two years.
The solicitor told the court that Berry had no drink or drug problems and that he wished to apologise to gardai for his behaviour.
Ms Egan said the defendant, who was unemployed and on social welfare, realised he was somewhere he should not have been.