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In Brief: Dad jailed for smashing taxi

A PASSENGER who ran from a vehicle after it crashed at a roundabout was found around the corner smashing up a taxi, a court heard.

Ben Kelly (31) was up on the bonnet of the taxi when gardai came on the scene.

Judge John Coughlan sentenced Kelly to five months in prison. The defendant, of Captains Road in Crumlin, was found guilty before Tallaght District Court of criminal damage as well as possession of weapons for use in the course of committing a crime.

The court heard that Kelly has 56 previous convictions.

Defence lawyer said that Kelly is a father of two.

Daughter row case struck out

A SUPERMARKET worker accused of punching a neighbour in the face as he believed the man had hit his daughter has had the case struck out.

John Maginness (40) was alleged to have told his neighbour, "you hit my daughter, I'll f***ing kill you" during a doorstep dispute. Mr Maginness had denied the charge.

He appeared before Tallaght District Court charged with seriously assaulting a neighbour at Whitechurch Place in Ballyboden on November 29, 2010.

Garda Sergeant Carmel Henry told the court that the case could not go ahead because the alleged victim had left the country.

Judge John Coughlan struck out the charge.

Toy hammer in man's pocket

A DUBLIN man prosecuted for unlawful possession of a hammer near his home insisted it was his younger brother's toy and he had forgotten to take it out of his pocket.

Daniel Smith (20) said he was going to the bank when gardai stopped him found him with a toy hammer in his pocket.

A judge dismissed the case against him under the Probation Act when he admitted a charge following the incident.

Smith, with an address at Foxborough Meadows, Lucan, pleaded guilty to possession of a hammer with intent to use it in connection with an offence while not at his home on May 23 last.