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Drunken soccer coach kicked Dublin bank’s door in

A man from Northern Ireland kicked in the door of a Dublin bank because he mistook it for the apartment building where he was staying with a friend.

Sports coach Patrick Harkin (24) was drunk when he smashed in the door of the Ulster Bank on Suffolk Street, after kicking it in what he thought was an attempt to “get the porter's attention”.

A judge said he would leave him without a criminal record after he paid £250 to charity as well as the £250 compensation for the damage.

Harkin, a qualified soccer and volleyball coach, of Foyle Springs, Londonderry, pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court to a charge of criminal damage.

Striking the charge out, Judge Denis McLoughlin said: “I am giving him one chance.”

Belfast Telegraph