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Teen punched garda in face

A YOUTH, who punched a garda in the face after his car had been seized, has been fined €200 at the Dublin Children's Court.

Derek Dixon (18), of Belcamp Gardens, Priorswood, in north Dublin, pleaded guilty to assaulting Garda Cillian Barry, at Coolock Garda Station, on October 21, 2008.

The youth was aged 17, a juvenile, at the time of the incident, but by his hearing yesterday he had turned 18.

The teenager, who had six prior convictions, was stopped because the car he was driving was not displaying an NCT disc.

He was fined €200, with three months to pay, in lieu of a one-week sentence.

Man admits he set fire to cars

A Dublin man is to be sentenced for an arson attack on a car dealership in the city two years ago.

Paul Harcourt (22), of Dunne Street Flats, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to causing damage by fire to vehicles and property at Fort Motors, Walkinstown on March 12, 2007.

Judge Patricia Ryan set a sentence date next March when full facts will be heard and ordered a psychiatric report to be prepared.

Boy bailed on driving charge

A REPEAT teen offender has been remanded on bail pending sentence at the Dublin Children's Court after he pleaded guilty to his third offence for driving without a licence or insurance.

The boy (16) had been summonsed after he was seen driving a van, in the Crumlin area in Dublin, on January 12 last year.

The judge adjourned sentencing the boy until March for a probation report.

Mum 'traded girl (2) for gun'

An Arizona woman who allegedly traded her two-year-old daughter for a gun has been arrested.

Tanya Nareau (33) of Mesa, Maricopa County, was charged with the unlawful sale of a child after the sheriff's deputies were tipped off.

A family friend who had the child confirmed Nareau gave the girl to him for gun.

Nareau felt he would do a better job raising the child than she would.