‘Spi­der­man’ stunt lands man in court

Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS -

A MAN who was “out of his head on pre­scrip­tion drugs and al­co­hol” climbed on the roof of two build­ings in what a judge de­scribed as a dan­ger­ous ‘Spi­der­man im­pres­sion’ has avoided a prison sen­tence af­ter he was deemed suit­able for com­mu­nity ser­vice work.

Richard Bar­row (42) climbed onto the roof top of two build­ings on North Quay at around 9pm de­spite the door of the build­ing be­ing open, Drogheda Dis­trict Court heard.

He was di­rected by gar­dai to come down from the rooftop and he “came down the drain pipe,” Sergeant Ray Brady told Judge Alan Mitchell.

Sgt Brady said the de­fen­dant “could not qual­ify a rea­son to have been on the rooftop.”

The de­fen­dant, of Palace Street, Drogheda pleaded guilty to two counts of tres­pass on two build­ings at North Street on April 23. He has 45 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions. The court heard gar­dai re­ceived a call of a male on the rooftop of a build­ing on North Street at around 9.10pm. The de­fen­dant was ob­served on the rooftop of 10 North Quay and then moved to 14 North Quay be­fore be­ing di­rected to come down by gar­dai.

He climbed down via a drain pipe, the court heard.

De­fence solic­i­tor Pa­trick Good­win said the 42 year old has a se­vere al­co­hol prob­lem.

“He had been with the Red Door un­til March last year and on this night he was out of his head on pre­scrip­tion drugs and al­co­hol,” said Mr Good­win.

“He stupidly went up on the roof - when the door of the build­ing was open,” Mr Good­win ex­plained. “He did come down when he was asked to.” Judge Mitchell said he “was not im­pressed” the de­fen­dant put his life in dan­ger “with his Spi­der­man im­pres­sion” late at night.

“Maybe some work within the com­mu­nity might bring him to his senses,” re­marked Judge Mitchell. “If you fell off you would have been se­ri­ously injured or killed.”

Pro­ba­tion Services as­sessed the de­fen­dant and found him suit­able for com­mu­nity ser­vice work.

Judge Mitchell im­posed an or­der of 140 hours com­mu­nity ser­vice work in lieu of four months in prison.

“If you fell off you would have been se­ri­ously injured or killed,” Judge Mitchell told the de­fen­dant.

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