A man who was arrested after he was spotted trying to break-into a home in mid Louth, was found with a pair of pliers and sweating profusely after gardaí responded to a report of an alarm activation, Dundalk district court heard last week.
Dalton O'Brien (30) with an address at St. Oliver's Park, Kilsaran had his case adjourned for a probation report, and had a daily signing-in on condition lifted, after the court was told he couldn't afford the bus fair to get into Dundalk.
Garda Insp. Yvonne Murphy told last Wednesday that the court that the crew of a patrol car were called to the scene of an attempted break-in at Maine Way, Kilsaran on July 10th last year.
The occupant had raised the alarm after seeing two men trying to break-in through the back door.
The defendant was arrested across the street after being identified by the injured party.
On August 21st last, an alarm monitoring service notified gardaí of an alarm activation at a business premises on Station Road, Castlebellingham.
Officers met the accused 100 yards from there. Insp. Murphy said he was sweating profusely and was carrying a pair of 'snips'.
The court heard that Dalton O’Brien had 12 previous convictions - the most recent a public order conviction in May 2013.
The defence solicitor said it was quite some time since the accused has been before the court and the common thread in his offending was a problem with alcohol.
He added the accused - who has little or no recollection of the incidents, had his job seekers allowance cut off as the powers that be thought he was not looking actively enough for work.
Judge Flann Brennan put back the case to March 23rd for a Probation report and agreed to lift a daily signing on requirement as part of his bail, after he was told that the defendant doesn't have money for the bus to come to Dundalk every day. And the judge warned him "above all things Mr. O'Brien stay out of trouble'.