Man who claimed he trespassed at Kildare ESB substation to go to toilet jailed for six months

Defendant appeared before court in Naas last week

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Man who claimed he trespassed at Kildare ESB substation to go to toilet jailed for six months

Judge Desmond Zaidan presided over the case

A 26-year-old man, who said he intended to go to the toilet at an ESB sub station, has been jailed for six months at Naas Court.

Alan O’Donoghue, of 13 Lynchs Park, Clondalkin, Dublin 22, was convicted of tresspassing at the substation at Taghadoe, Maynooth.

Garda Sgt Jim Kelly, prosecuting, said Mr O’Donoghue and two other men were seen at the substation on June 14, 2017.

Judge Desmond Zaidan asked why they would be trespassing there. Sgt Kelly said there was copper and other materials at the site.

Last Wednesday’s court was told that Mr O’Donoghue had nine previous convictions and had been jailed at Dublin Circuit Court last year. On December 11, he received a short sentence in Court No 8 at the Dublin Circuit Court.

Other previous convictions were for criminal damage and possessing stolen goods. Aishlin Murphy BL, legally representing the defendant, said that her instructions were that he left the car “to go to the bathroom”.

Judge Zaidan asked, “Which number?” The judge said it was “a dangerous place to go to the bathroom”.

Ms Murphy said that there was another car in the area at the time. She said that her client had left school at the age of 10.

Judge Zaidan questioned the “wee wee” instruction.

Sgt Kelly said there was a six feet steel railing to be climbed to get into the structure. Ms Murphy said she was instructed Mr O’Donoghue did not go over the fence.

She said that her client had previously had an addiction problem but had detoxed when he was in custody. Ms Murphy said the defendant was now attending a crime awareness course.