Man helped down from pub roof by Gardai after failed break-in

October 21, 2018

A would-be burglar had to be helped down from the roof of a pub after he got stuck.

Kevin Doherty was caught by Gardai when he tried to gain entry to the Tramore Inn in Downings.

Gardai arrived on the scene after being called at 5am on July 17th, 2017 to say a drunk man was on the roof of the building and could not get down.

Doherty, 23, then attempted to flee the scene when Gardai managed to get him down from the roof.

However, he was caught and arrested.

He appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with two attempts of criminal damage and one of being drunk in public.

The court was told that hotel worker Doherty, of Glenceo, Carrigart, and another man had tried to get into the pub after they had been drinking.

Both men told their solicitor they had been taking pictures of the building and were not trying to break in.

They said they had been returning from a house party when they came across the pub.

Doherty and another man, Stephen Mitchell, of Mulroy View, Milford, said they were extremely drunk during the escapade.

Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said it was lucky that Doherty had not been killed because he was that drunk when he scaled onto the roof.

Judge Paul Kelly asked why Doherty had been trying to get into the pub through the roof and was told by Mr Gallagehr that they claimed they were simply taking pictures.

Judge Kelly ordered both men to pay €200 to the local Carrigart Tidy Towns Association.

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