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New dad drove while banned

A NEW father who was banned from driving took over at the wheel from his partner as she was a nervous learner driver, a court was told.

Derek Comerford (28) and his partner had just had a new baby at the time of the offence, Tallaght District Court heard.

He was banned from driving at the time, but took over from her behind the wheel. He failed to produce his documents after being stopped at a garda checkpoint on March 23 last, a judge heard.

The defendant, of Brookview Close in Tallaght, admitted before Tallaght District Court to driving without insurance, a driving licence or road tax.

Judge Anthony Halpin fined Comerford €500 and banned him from driving for two years.

Knife acquittal for canary fan

A CANARY fancier arrested for unlawfully carrying a knife in a Dublin park has told a court he was using it to cut dandelions to feed to his birds to make their yellow plumage brighter.

Anthony Conlon (29) of St Anne's Drive, Raheny, pleaded not guilty to the weapons charge at Dublin District Court.

He was cleared after telling a judge he had the Stanley knife for "recreational purposes" when he was searched by gardai investigating a robbery at St Anne's Park, Raheny, last July.

Judge Patricia McNamara said while it was an "unusual reason", she accepted it had a "ring of truth".

Teen hit shop

worker in face

A DUBLIN youth, who was found guilty of attacking a shop worker, is to be sentenced in December.

The 17-year-old boy had been convicted earlier at the Children's Court of assault causing harm to the shop employee at Centra, on Charlemont Street, Dublin, on January 16 last.

A judge was told that the teen had punched a staff member in the face after being asked to leave the shop.

The court heard yesterday that the youth had complied with an order to compensate the shop worker, who suffered pain and bruising.