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Off-duty garda foils car theft

A TEENAGER repeatedly hit out at an off-duty garda after the officer disturbed him trying to steal his father's tow truck, a court heard.

Michael Mongan (19), admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to assaulting Garda Brian Reidy.

Mongan also admitted to public drunkenness and interfering with the mechanism of a vehicle during an incident in Rathcoole, Co Dublin shortly after 10pm on December 23, 2012.

Judge McHugh praised off-duty garda Reidy for his civic duty.

Imposing a six-month suspended sentence, the judge said Mongan faces serving the sentence if he comes before him in the next two years.

NO CONVICTION FOR DRUG DEALER

A TEENAGER who sold cannabis to gardai during an undercover operation will be left without a conviction if he makes a donation to charity.

Josh Douglas (19) was using the drug during the same period he was dealing it to feed his own habit.

The defendant, of Abbotstown Drive in Finglas, had admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to two counts of possession of cannabis for sale or supply.

Judge David McHugh ordered Douglas to donate €500 to Blanchardstown Hospice and said he would leave him without a conviction.

MAN FACES TRIAL ON CIGS CHARGE

A man has been sent for trial accused of carrying out a robbery at a shop in which five packets of cigarettes were allegedly taken.

Robert Maguire (31), is charged with robbing a woman of five packets of John Player Blue 100s cigarettes at Mannion's Shop, Monastery Road, Clondalkin on January 9 last year.

Judge David McHugh gave the accused formal notice that he must provide to the prosecution within 14 days details of any alibi he intends to rely on in the course of his trial. He returned him on existing bail terms to the present sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.


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