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Driver cleared in warden case

A MOTORIST has been cleared of driving over the foot of a traffic warden after he was handed a parking ticket.

Stephen Needham (38) was illegally parked at a bus stop when it was alleged the rear wheel of his Ford Focus drove over the foot of traffic warden Alan English, who was out of work for three weeks with an injury to his foot following the incident.

Judge David McHugh dismissed the matter, saying he had a doubt that the defendant's driving was careless.

Mr Needham, of Moyglas Dene, Lucan, was found not guilty when he appeared at Blanchardstown District Court accused of careless driving at Lucan Road last February 14.


A TEENAGER who was arrested for hurling abuse at gardai after she was put off a tram for her drunken behaviour has been fined €250.

Leah Kane (19) was convicted of public order offences following the incident on a Luas. Judge Hugh O'Donnell fined her at Dublin District Court after hearing she had prior convictions.

Kane, of Beech Hill Drive, Donnybrook, pleaded guilty to public intoxication and using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour. The incident happened at the Milltown Luas stop at 8.10pm last October 12.


A STUDENT got into a public shouting match with his girlfriend after she followed him to a nightclub to try to resolve a row they had at home, a court heard.

Aaron Doody (20) was standing over his girlfriend shouting at her when gardai arrived on the scene.

Judge Anthony Halpin struck out the charges after Doody donated €100 to the Capuchin Day Centre.

Doody, of Ferncourt Green, Firhouse, admitted before Tallaght District Court to threatening and abusive behaviour and refusing to give his name and address to gardai. The incident took place at Belgard Square East in Tallaght on July 30 last year.