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Teen tried to rob woman

DRUG abuse caused mental health problems to a youth who is awaiting sentencing for the attempted robbery of a woman, the Children's Court heard.

The teenager, who has 20 previous convictions, also stole a car from a north Dublin leisure centre and then crashed it, the court had heard. He was convicted last August of both offences.

The judge adjourned the case until later this month for medical reports on the teen's problems and for details of his future treatment.

Father-of-two g ets five years

A FATHER-of-two has been given seven years' jail, with the final two suspended, for possessing a shotgun and ammunition and later being caught holding heroin while on bail.

Gardai found the gun in the shed of Peter Kenny (37) after they obtained a warrant to search his house for drugs.

Kenny, of Kilmartin Avenue, Tallaght, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of the gun, 29 rounds and a small amount of heroin at his home on July 5, 2007.

He also pleaded guilty to possession of heroin for sale or supply at Kilmartin Avenue on June 7, 2008.

€400k payout for crash death

HIGH Court proceedings brought on behalf of the family of a man who died almost five years after sustaining severe head injuries in a road traffic accident have been settled for more than €400,000.

The family of Darren Brady, of Derryhoyle, Craughwell, Co Galway, had brought High Court action seeking damages for the severe injuries he sustained while he was a passenger in the rear of a vehicle that hit a wall.

The accident occurred at Derrydonnell, Oranmore, Co Galway, on October 5, 2003. Mr Brady died in 2008.