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Man banged on ex's door

A DUBLIN man repeatedly banged on the door of his ex-girlfriend's house because he wanted to know why they had broken up, a court heard.

Gavin Moran (30), of Coolevin in Ballybrack, admitted before Dun Laoghaire District Court to threatening and abusive behaviour.

The incident took place at Coolevin estate as Moran made his way home on December 12 last year.

Judge John Lindsay applied the probation act.

The court heard the defendant has four previous convictions.

Youth worker broke window

A VOLUNTARY youth worker who smashed a pizza parlour window during a drunken row with staff claimed in court that his drink had been spiked on the night.

Father-of-one Kieran Morgan (23) said he had no recollection of the city centre incident.

A judge put him on a peace bond for a year after he admitted a charge of criminal damage and paid compensation to the shop owners.

Morgan, with an address at Elmdale Court, Ballyfermot, pleaded guilty to damaging the window at Mizzoni's on Dorset Street on December 5 last.

The defendant told the court he did not have an alcohol addiction.

"I just go out and enjoy a few drinks," he said. "I got spiked that night".

Man drove six days after ban

A YOUNG man was caught driving without insurance only six days after he was banned for six months, a court heard.

Eoin Flanagan (25) was struggling to get work as a cleaner, and he took a job even though he knew he didn't have insurance.

Judge Timothy Lucey sentenced Flanagan to four months in prison but suspended it for one year.

The defendant, of Casino Park in Marino, admitted before Dublin District Court to driving without insurance.

The incident took place on Malahide Road in Artane on May 19, 2008.