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Patrick Kinsella had a kitchen knife on him when he was arrested

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Patrick Kinsella

Patrick Kinsella

Patrick Kinsella

A PARTY-GOER who broke into a car and was caught tampering with the ignition maintained he drunkenly mistook it for his own.

Patrick Kinsella (42), a repeat offender with 169 previous convictions and a "colourful past", had a kitchen knife on him when he was arrested.

Judge Flann Brennan said he would spare him jail and adjourned the case for payment of compensation for the damage to the car.

Kinsella, of St Ronan's Gardens, Clondalkin, admitted interfering with a vehicle's mechanism and possession of a weapon.

Garda Sergeant Walter Sweeney told Blanchardstown District Court it was reported that Kinsella was causing annoyance at Rathgael Apartments, Clondalkin on April 2, 2021.

Investigating gardaí saw a red Nissan Micra with hazard lights flashing.

Kinsella was sitting in the driver's seat, attempting to interfere with the ignition.

Sgt Sweeney said a door frame had been pulled back and damaged, and one of the fly windows was broken.

When Kinsella was arrested, gardaí found a large kitchen knife on him.

His criminal record included convictions for unauthorised taking of a vehicle and theft.

Defence barrister Ciaran MacLoughlin said Kinsella was very drunk after a party and "mistakenly got into the wrong car".

Kinsella had started taking drugs at the age of 14 and had a "very colourful past" but was now clean and sober and his most recent conviction was more than two years ago.

The accused had moved to Wexford and was away from a peer group that had been a hindrance to his progress in life, the court heard.

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Judge Brennan gave Kinsella a six-month suspended sentence on the knife charge but adjourned the other to give him time to pay €200 compensation.

He said he would suspend a concurrent nine-month sentence if this is done.

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