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Hidden knife charge denied Thief hit out at shop workers Driver forced cyclist off road

A man accused of running away from gardai who saw him when they were on their way to a suspected burglary has claimed that officers had no grounds to stop and search him.

Alan Phelan (36) was allegedly found with a disposable craft knife and a yellow screwdriver up his sleeve.

He had refused to allow gardai to search him at the side of the road and was instead taken back to Tallaght Garda Station.

Phelan, of Deerpark Road, Kiltipper, denies possession of two weapons at Firhouse Road West, Firhouse on April 24 last.

The matter was adjourned for one week for legal argument.

Thief hit out at shop workers

A SHOPLIFTER who stole a bottle of vodka, as well as some cans of beer, hit out at shop assistants who tackled him about his behaviour.

Hughie Hilton (23) was sentenced to six months in prison suspended for one year, and told to stay out of trouble.

The defendant, of Donomore Park in Tallaght, had admitted at Tallaght District Court to two counts of assault at Supervalu, Belgard Square West, and to stealing a bottle of vodka and 10 cans of beer on March 31, 2010.

Judge John Coughlan sentenced Hilton to six months in prison suspended for one year on a peace and good behaviour bond of €100.

Driver forced

cyclist off road

A TEEN driver forced a cyclist to jump into a roadside ditch to narrowly miss a collision after he tried to overtake him at speed on the edge of a Dublin village.

Thomas Connors (18) also forced a truck driver to veer into a ditch to avoid his car.

The defendant, who spent the past two weeks in custody for the preparation of a probation report, was remanded on bail for two weeks to see if he can stay out of trouble.

Connors, of Rossfield Avenue in Tallaght, had admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to three counts of dangerous driving on August 21 last year.