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Blood sample Man who smashed car window caught after DNA left on back seat

A blood sample was taken from the back seat and this matched the accused.

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GARDAÍ investigating damage to a parked car in west Dublin caught the culprit by taking a DNA sample from blood he left on the back seat.

Barry Norton (36) was identified as having broken the car window when his DNA matched the sample.

He was jailed for five months when he appeared in Blanchardstown District Court.

Norton, of Shancastle Avenue, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to criminal damage in the incident on August 17, 2019.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan told the court the back window of a car was smashed at Ashley Hall in Lucan, Dublin on the date in question.

A blood sample was taken from the back seat and this matched the accused. He was later arrested and charged.

Norton was already in custody and serving a 21-month prison sentence for a number of offences when he appeared in court. He had a number of previous convictions.

The accused had made full admissions to the investigating gardaí and wanted to deal with the charge at the earliest stage, his solicitor John O'Doherty said.

Judge Gerard Jones said the five-month sentence was to run from the date of conviction.

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