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Man is accused of shop attack Dad kept drug haul at home Drunk in garda threat is jailed

A YOUNG man has been accused of repeatedly kicking a shopkeeper in the face as he opened up for business.

Philip Watson, who is in his 20s, is alleged to have left the victim with cuts to his face and hands in the assault.

A court heard that Watson was one of a group of youths who fled the scene before gardai arrived, but an eyewitness positively identified him as the man's attacker.

Watson, of Whitechurch Grove, Rathfarnham, was charged at Tallaght District Court with assault causing harm in Rathfarnham village around 9.30am on February 28 last year.

The judge refused jurisdic-tion, saying the matter was too serious for the District Court, and the case was adjourned for six weeks.

Dad kept drug haul at home

A FATHER-of-five who had over €5,000 worth of cocaine and cannabis stashed away in his house claimed that he and a group of friends clubbed together to buy the drugs.

Jason Byrne (36) admitted at Blanchardstown District Court to possession of cannabis resin and cocaine, as well as having cannabis for sale or supply.

The drugs were seized after gardai searched Byrne's home at Liscarne Gardens, Clondalkin, on August 14, 2008.

The judge ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to a date in April.

Drunk in garda threat is jailed

A DRUNKEN man threatened to kill gardai after they caught him and another youth smashing the bedroom window of a house.

William Brennan (22) promised that he would "fight all gardai present", Blanchardstown District Court heard.

Brennan, of Shangan Avenue, Ballymun, admitted public drunkenness and threatening and abusive behaviour.

He also admitted a charge of criminal damage in the incident on Shangan Road on January 28 last.

Judge Hugh O'Donnell fined him €125 and sentenced him to four months in prison.