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Man jailed after Dart line fight

A man who got into a drunken fight on the Dart line and had to be chased up the tracks by gardai has been jailed for two months.

John McCarthy (21) had been drinking too much and his girlfriend had recently lost a baby when he was arrested for the incident in north Dublin. Judge Dermot Dempsey sentenced him and fined him €200 after hearing McCarthy, of Oriel Street, had 16 previous convictions.

He admitted charges of public drunkenness, breach of the peace and trespassing under railway regulations on August 19 last year.

Woman faces trial for assault

A YOUNG woman is facing a Circuit Court trial, charged with a serious assault on a man at a Dublin city centre nightclub.

Emma Byrne (22) of Riverside Crescent, Clondalkin, appeared in Dublin District Court charged with assault causing harm to a man at Redz Nightclub, D'Olier Street. The incident is alleged to have happened on June 14, 2008.

The court heard the DPP was directing trial on indictment, meaning the case cannot be dealt with in the District Court.

She was granted legal aid and the case was adjourned.

Teen 'had bat for protection'

A TEENAGER who gardai found with a wooden baseball bat has claimed that he had it for his own protection after he saw someone suspicious come into his front garden and then jump out again.

Tony Stevens (18) denied that he intended to use the weapon to cause injury or to assault someone.

Stevens, of Mellowes Crescent in Finglas, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to possession of a weapon which could be used during the course of a dispute, contrary to Section 9 (5) of the Firearms and Offensive Weapons Act, 1990.

The incident took place near his home in Finglas on September 16 last year.

Judge Hugh O'Donnell said he would leave Stevens without a conviction if he donated €200 to the Red Cross Haiti Appeal.