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Brothers face burglary trial

TWO brothers accused of burgling a Chinese restaurant have been sent for trial to the Circuit Court.

Gareth Joyce (28) and his brother Patrick (33) are facing trial by jury after the DPP directed the charge was too serious for the District Court.

The brothers, of Cushlawn Park, in Tallaght, appeared before Tallaght District Court charged with burglary at Wok Inn Cafe, Aylesbury Shopping Centre, Tallaght, on March 4 last year.

Judge James McDonnell gave the men the alibi caution and remanded them on their own bail of €250.

Pair jailed for beating friend

TWO men who viciously assaulted a friend and threw a television at him have been given sentences of three and six-and-half years at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Derek O'Brien (27), of Rosemount Estate, and Gary Murphy (24), of Rosemount Park, both in Dundrum, pleaded guilty to assaulting Martin O'Dea (46) and criminal damage at St Murphy's house, Churchtown, on March 21, 2008.

O'Brien pleaded guilty to a further charge of robbing a phone and money from a woman while on bail for the assault. Judge Katherine Delahunt jailed Murphy for three years and O'Brien for six-and-a-half years. The final two years of O'Brien's sentence were suspended.

Teen boy set fire to school

A 15-YEAR-OLD Dublin boy has been detained for six months for an arson attack on a school building which caused nearly €115,000 worth of damages.

The teenager pleaded guilty at the Dublin Children's Court to trespassing, criminal damage and theft charges committed over the past two years. Garda Aoife O'Brien told the court that on July 14, 2008, there had been a fire caused by arson at a school building on the Howth Road, in north Dublin.

Defence solicitor Michelle Finan said that the boy had anger management problems.

Alcohol and drug abuse were also factors in his offending, she said.