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Suspended sentence Trespasser found hiding in bushes after garda chase said he was going hunting

Judge Cephas Power fined Joyce €400 and imposed a two-month suspended sentence.

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Martin Joyce

Martin Joyce

Martin Joyce

A YOUNG man found hiding in bushes by gardaí at the edge of a property in north county Dublin claimed that he was planning on going hunting, a court has heard.

Martin Joyce (24) was caught by gardaí who had been searching for multiple men who had jumped from a vehicle following a car chase.

Joyce knew nothing about the car chase, his lawyer said.

Judge Cephas Power fined Joyce €400 and imposed a two-month suspended sentence.

The defendant, of Hampton Square, Navan Road, Cabra, admitted trespass at a property in Balbriggan on November 19, 2020.

Garda Stephen O’Toole told Swords District Court that officers were involved in a vehicle pursuit on the R132, Balbriggan around 7.30pm on the evening in question when multiple men jumped out and ran from a car.

Gda O’Toole said officers searched the area, and a short distance away he heard rustling in some bushes.

The garda said he went to investigate and Joyce came out of the bushes and ran away.

He was arrested after a short foot chase.

The court heard that Joyce had 14 previous convictions.

Defence lawyer Deirdre Flannery said Joyce knew nothing about the car incident.

She said it was early evening, Joyce was in the bushes at the very edge of the property and he had intended to go hunting.

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Ms Flannery said Joyce was highly apologetic for his behaviour.

She said the defendant was married with four children, the youngest of whom was only a few weeks old.

Ms Flannery said that Joyce previously worked as a carpenter, but was currently at home minding his children, and he was a very hands-on dad.

She also asked the judge to be as lenient as possible, saying he was needed at home to support his wife.

Judge Power said he would suspend the two-month sentence for a period of 12 months.

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