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Pane-ful Dublin man broke neighbour's door and window in 'bad decision'

He had psychological difficulties and at the time of the offence, his "decision making wasn't the best", defence solicitor Rory Staines said.

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Josh McKenna, of Baker's Yard, Portland Street, charged with criminal damage

Josh McKenna, of Baker's Yard, Portland Street, charged with criminal damage

Josh McKenna, of Baker's Yard, Portland Street, charged with criminal damage

A YOUNG man's "decision making wasn't the best" when he smashed his neighbour's front door and window, a court has heard.

Josh McKenna (25) got "mixed up with the wrong people" in his inner city neighbourhood when he began committing crimes.

Judge Bryan Smyth gave him a three-month suspended sentence at Dublin District Court.

McKenna, of Baker's Yard, Portland Street, pleaded guilty to criminal damage.

Garda Aaron Connell said the accused was outside his neighbour's house at 11.20pm last January 26 when he smashed a panel in the front door and a bedroom window.

The victim was home alone at the time but there was no interaction with the accused and he was identified on CCTV. McKenna was later arrested and made full admissions in interview.

McKenna had previous convictions for offences including possession of drugs.

He had psychological difficulties and at the time of the offence, his "decision making wasn't the best", defence solicitor Rory Staines said.

Judge Smyth asked if an explanation was forthcoming.

Mr Staines said the explanation he had given gardaí would "not assist the court".

He accepted he should not have damaged the property and had no lawful excuse.

McKenna was already serving a sentence when he appeared in court. It was his first significant period of time in custody and he was on protection of his own volition.

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Judge Smyth suspended the three months for two years.

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