Monday 17 June 2019

News in brief

Man faces cruelty to child charge: A man who, it is alleged, hit his five-year-old son with a belt, has appeared in court charged with cruelty to a child, contrary to Section 246 of the Children Act 2001.

The 36-year-old defendant was granted legal aid and his case adjourned for mention to 1 February.

The offence is alleged to have taken place at the man's address in Drogheda on a date unknown in 2017.

Reporting restrictions were imposed in order to protect the identity of the young boy.

Sgt Ray Brady said the DPP recognises there are 'familial difficulties' and has directed summary disposal of the matter. This means it can be dealt with in the district court if the judge allows.

A report was handed into Judge John Coughlan. He was told a medical report was not to hand. The judge noted this is a 'serious' case as he put it back to the February date.

Donation made

An unlawful possession of drugs charge against Darren Gregory (20) has been struck out. That order was made after the defendant, of St. Mary's Heights, Donore, made a €300 donation to charity. The offence occurred at Electric Ballroom, Fairgreen, George's Street, Drogheda, on 9 December, 2017. Legal aid was granted.

Drugs charge struck out

Matthew Moore (23), Castlemanor, Ballymakenny Road, has had an unlawful possession of drugs charge struck out after paying €300 to charity. He was granted legal aid. The offence took place on 19 March, 2018.

Had €20 worth of drugs

Patrik Pompa (20), Cedarfield, has paid €300 to charity to have an unlawful possession of drugs charge struck out. The court heard he had €20-worth of cannabis herb at Cedarfield on 8 May last. There are no previous convictions.

Must come up with money

A 24-year-old roofer must come up with another €100 to have two public order charges struck out.

Joseph Hanratty, Marian Park, admitted being intoxicated in a public place and engaging in threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour at George's Street on 2 December last. He paid €200 on account before the case was adjourned to 25 January next for another €100. The defendant, who has no previous convictions, got legal aid.

Drogheda Independent