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A FATHER-of-four broke into a house after he "drank himself into oblivion" on the anniversary of a family bereavement, a court heard.

Michael Gordon (44) was on his way to the graveyard when he got into the house and was arrested for burglary.

Judge Bryan Smyth said he would consider leaving Gordon without a conviction if he made a €200 charity donation.

The accused, of Loreto Crescent, Rathfarnham, pleaded guilty.

Dublin District Court heard gardaí were called to a house at Edmondstown Road, Rathfarnham, last September 22.

They saw a broken pane of glass in the patio and a man and woman in the kitchen.

When they approached, the man - Gordon - tried to flee through the front of the house and was arrested.

The residents had moved to England the day before and a neighbour had called gardaí on hearing glass breaking.

Gordon was highly intoxicated, the court heard.

The incident happened on the 10th anniversary of a bereavement, defence barrister Donal Pattison said.

Gordon had drink issues and there was no explanation for why he broke into the house.

He was heading toward the graveyard where the family member was buried and "drank himself into oblivion", the court heard.

The next thing he knew was when he woke up in the garda station.

Judge Smyth adjourned the case to a date next month for the donation to be made.

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