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Teen accused of trashing house

A TEENAGER has appeared in court accused of robbing a woman and producing a knife while he smashed up her sitting room.

Joseph O'Toole (18), of Mellowes Road, Finglas, allegedly caused over €500 worth of damage to the victim's sitting room, smashing a mirror and damaging a flatscreen TV.

At Blanchardstown District Court, Judge Michael Coghlan adjourned the matter for four weeks to allow O'Toole to speak to his solicitor.

The court heard that the DPP has directed summary disposal of the matters on a guilty plea only.

The court heard that O'Toole is unemployed and on social welfare and defence solicitor John O'Doherty was assigned on free legal aid.

Girl (15) denies pickpocketing

A 15-YEAR-OLD girl from Romania who has been living in Ireland without her parents has pleaded not guilty to pickpocketing in Dublin city centre.

The girl has been charged at Dublin Children's Court with stealing a mobile phone on Leeson Street, in the early hours of September 23 last.

Garda David Irwin had told Judge Ann Ryan it was alleged the girl approached a woman and "dipped her pocket and took her mobile phone".

The teenage girl was chased by passers-by who held her until gardai arrived, it has been alleged.

The girl, who is on bail, will face trial at the Children's Court on November 15.

Man faces heroin charges

A YOUNG man is alleged to have thrown away a bag of heroin after he was stopped by gardai in west Dublin.

Glen McDaniel (20) allegedly had 20 street deals of heroin worth €525.

Judge Michael Coghlan adjourned the matter for four weeks to allow McDaniel speak to his solicitor.

McDaniel, of Finglas Place in Finglas, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with possession of heroin as well as having the drug for sale or supply at Cardiffsbridge Road in Finglas on March 23 last.