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Threat to smash up patrol cars

A YOUNG man threatened to smash up a number of patrol cars during a garda search.

Glen O'Driscoll (20) ran away when he was confronted by an officer who was guarding the vehicles.

Judge David McHugh convicted and fined O'Driscoll €100.

The defendant, of Deanstown Green in Finglas, admitted at Blanchardstown District Court to making threats to cause criminal damage. The incident took place at Ratoath Road in Finglas shortly after 11pm on June 3.

Garda JP Murphy said he stayed with patrol cars during a search to ensure that no one tried to damage them.

He said O'Driscoll came along and shouted at a group of youths to smash up the cars.


A MOTHER of one caught with a stolen mobile phone after gardai raided her home has admitted she didn't ask any questions when she was offered it for sale.

Catherine Burke (23) apologised, admitting she should have known the phone was stolen.

Judge David McHugh ordered Burke, of Brookhaven Drive in Blanchardstown, to donate €100 to the Irish Cancer Society and said he'd leave her without a conviction.

Garda Oliver O'Reilly said gardai searched Burke's home on April 5, and found a black Samsung Galaxy mobile that had been stolen.


A MAN found loitering near a petrol station while armed with a knife claimed he had it for his own protection.

Judge David McHugh convicted and fined Gerard Bracken €100.

The defendant (30), of River Forest in Leixlip, Co Kildare, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to possession of a knife.

The incident took place at the Maynooth Road in Celbridge on March 3.

Gardai called to the Maxol petrol station after reports that a man was acting suspiciously stopped and searched Bracken, who was found with a long-bladed knife.