Edward Hutch, 30, of Portland Place, Dublin, said he was only alive because he landed on the flat roof of a building below the family-owned apartment in August last year.
Earlier this year, he told a judge he had been unable to attend court to give evidence against his brother because of injuries suffered in the fall. He told the court then he had suffered serious spinal and pelvic injuries as a result of the 70-foot fall.
In Dublin District Court yesterday, when he pleaded guilty to theft and driving charges, he asked not to be sent to prison because of his injuries and because he was taking serious steps to deal with a drug addiction.
Judge Mary Collins asked if he had fallen from the balcony because he “was he out of his head (on drugs)”.
He replied he was trying to take a pair of jeans off it when he “slipped and fell”.
He also asked that any sentence be adjourned so he could get a place in the Drug Court.
Judge Collins said she was prepared to allow time to see if he was suitable for the Drug Court and referred him to it immediately.
However, she added, if found unsuitable, she ordered a 12-month prison sentence be imposed.