AN APPRENTICE carpenter who claimed he bought seven counterfeit €50 notes for €70 was caught when he tried to pass off one of the notes in a newsagents, a court heard.
Sean Condell (20), of Seabury Park in Malahide, said he lost his job, was under financial pressure and made "a mistake" in buying the counterfeit notes.
A judge fined Condell €1,000 and ordered him to complete 150 hours' community service.
The defendant admitted before Swords District Court to possession of counterfeit currency and to passing it off as legal tender on September 11 last in Donnelly's Pharmacy in Portmarnock.
Garda attack teen to pay up
A "HYSTERICAL" teenager, who attacked a garda because he was angered that his home was repeatedly searched, has been been given more time pay €200 compensation to the officer.
The 17-year-old boy pleaded guilty at the Children's Court earlier this month to assaulting Garda Seamus Dolan,on October 17 last year, in Raheny, in Dublin.
Yesterday, Judge Catherine Staines noted that the boy had brought €100 to court. She adjourned sentencing the boy, who is on bail, until September for the balance to be paid over.