A homeless man who was caught with several fake travel passes, including one in the name of Brad Pitt, has been given a suspended sentence and ordered to carry out work in the community.
Clive Keogh, 40, of no fixed abode but with a former address at Brookhaven Drive, Blanchardstown, Dublin was caught after a garda stopped to chat to him on Parnell Street on 7 November, 2013.
He pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to one count of possessing a false travel pass with the intention of inducing another to accept it as genuine.
Keogh also admitted possessing four other free travel passes on a USB key, in the names of Stephen Lyons, Anthony Keegan, David Doyle. The final travel pass was in the name was Brad Pitt with an address in Donnybrook.
Judge Catherine Murphy had adjourned the case after hearing evidence last July.
She said today that she was "very disappointed" to learn that Keogh had since come to garda attention and was facing a shop-lifting charge.
Judge Murphy accepted however that Keogh "has come a long way since July" after hearing that he was now on a training course and had secured accommodation.
She sentenced him to nine months in prison which she suspended in full on strict conditions including that he not come to garda attention in the next two years.
She also ordered that he carry out 240 hours community service and engage with the Probation Service for those two years.
Keogh has 18 previous minor convictions, including theft, intoxication in a public place, criminal damage, violent behaviour in a garda station and drink driving.
Gda Donoghue agreed with Paul Carroll BL, defending, that Keogh had cooperated fully with the garda investigation.