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Teen denies weapon charge

A TEENAGER who was found by gardai with a wooden baseball bat said he was carrying it for his own protection, a court heard.

Tony Stevens (18) has strongly denied that he intended to use the weapon to cause injury or to assault someone. The accused, of Mellowes Crescent in Finglas, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged under the Firearms and Offensive Weapons Act.

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

Judge Patrick McMahon adjourned the matter to a date in February for hearing.

Trial over €23k school thefts

A JOBLESS man charged with stealing over €23,000 from a west Dublin primary school is facing trial by judge and jury in the Circuit Court.

Daniel Miron (41) is accused of stealing some €23,353 from Castaheany Educate Together National School over a seven month period last year. He is facing a trial in the Circuit Court after the DPP directed that the charges were too serious for the District Court.

Miron, of Castaheany, Clonee, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with seven counts of theft. The alleged incidents all took place between November 25, 2008 and June 26, 2009.

Judge Patrick McMahon adjourned the case for two weeks for the preparation of the book of evidence.

Ban will affect trainee's work

A TRAINEE mechanic found driving without insurance for a second time has told a court that a four-year ban will affect his changes of finding work.

Jonathan Cook (20) said no one will employ a mechanic who can't drive cars.

The defendant, with an address at Cashel Road, Crumlin, admitted before Dublin District Court to driving without insurance or a driving licence.

The incident took place on Crumlin Road on November 26, 2008.

The court heard that Cook has 14 previous convictions, all road traffic matters.

Judge Brendan Toale fined him €600 and disqualified him from driving for four years.