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In brief: Man accused of throwing urine

A DUBLIN man has been accused of assaulting gardai by throwing urine over them.

Alan McCurtain (34) is accused of assaulting gardai Peter Clifford and Declan Boland in the incident at his home at The Tramyard, Inchicore on October 1, 2011.

He is also charged with causing criminal damage worth €325 to shoes, jeans and a jacket the gardai were wearing at the time.

A garda sergeant said it was alleged that while gardai were carrying out a search at the apartment complex, a yellow substance was thrown from a pot at them. This "turned out to be urine", he said.

The case was adjourned until April 17 at Dublin District Court yesterday.

Girl (17) beat up city mum

A TEENAGE girl who beat up a 37-year-old mother outside her south Dublin home on Christmas Day 2010 has been spared custody.

She had pleaded guilty at the Children's Court to assault causing harm to the woman, in Sallynoggin. The court had heard the woman came out of her house and a group of teenagers asked her for a cigarette. When the woman came out of her home a second time, she noticed her Christmas lights had been "destroyed" and she spoke to the group.

The court had heard that the then 17-year-old girl attacked her and struck her "10 to 15 times". Yesterday Judge Bryan Smyth imposed a 12-month probation bond.

Brickie had gun and drugs

AN out-of-work bricklayer who said he took cocaine when he was depressed has been sentenced to five years.

Paul Howe (45) of Donamore Park, Tallaght, Dublin said he was holding a sawn-off shotgun and almost €22,000 worth of cocaine to pay off a drugs debt.

Howe pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of €21,784 of cocaine for sale or supply and having a Beretta shotgun and ammunition at Donamore Park on April 9, 2011.

Judge Martin Nolan imposed a prison sentence of five years, but suspended the last two and a half years.