A YOUNG man caught with a realistic imitation firearm has been left without a conviction after he made a contribution to charity.
Daryl McCarthy (20) had a pellet gun when he was searched by gardai in west Dublin.
Judge David McHugh applied the Probation Act after McCarthy donated €100 to the Irish Cancer Society.
McCarthy, of Whitechapel Green in Blanchardstown, had admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to possession of a realistic imitation firearm.
The incident took place at Shelerin Road in Clonsilla on February 8.
CAR CHARGE STRUCK OUT
A YOUNG man accused of stealing a woman's car and making off from a petrol station without paying for petrol has had the charges struck out.
John O'Reilly (28) was also accused of a number of hit-and-run offences following an incident in south Dublin.
The accused, of Fonthill Cottages in Clondalkin, appeared before Dun Laoghaire District Court charged with stealing a car and not paying for petrol.
It was alleged that Mr O'Reilly stole a car from a house in Tallaght on December 22, 2011.
However, a State solicitor told the court that the DPP was withdrawing all the allegations.
Judge John O'Connor struck out the charges.