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Cyclist caught after burglary Care teen held over mugging Drunk father abused gardai

A CYCLIST who was stopped by gardai as he struggled to carry two heavy backpacks had just burgled all the items from a private house and was making his way home with them, a court heard.

Thomas Farrell (36) claimed he was "strung out" on cocaine and beer.

Farrell, of Whitebrook Park, Tallaght, admitted before Tallaght District Court to a charge of burglary.

The incident took place at Bancroft Avenue, Tallaght on April 23, 2009.

Judge James McDonnell said he takes a very serious view of domestic burglaries and sentenced Farrell to six months in prison.

Care teen held over mugging

A 15-YEAR-OLD boy, who has spent nearly half his life in care, has been remanded in custody over a mugging in which he allegedly threatened to throw two boys off a Luas bridge.

The teen is charged with two counts of robbery from two boys aged 12 and 14, at Charlemont Street, in Dublin, on Sunday last, January 17.

He was remanded in custody following a court appearance last Monday, but made a bail application before Judge Clare Leonard, at the Dublin Children's Court on Friday.

Judge Leonard held that he would be remanded to Trinity House, in north Dublin, the State's most secure detention centre for under 16s.

The case was put back for two weeks, with the judge requesting welfare reports on him.

Drunk father abused gardai

A DRUNKEN father-of-two who made verbal threats towards gardai had gone on a bender for the day as he had just split up from his partner, a court heard.

Ian Dunne (35) also refused to allow officers to search him for drugs, after a passerby claimed that there was suspicious activity taking place in a pub car park.

The defendant, with an address at Chapel Gate, Aylesbury, Tallaght, admitted before Tallaght District Court to public drunkenness and threatening and abusive behaviour.

The incident took place in the car park of the Old Mill Pub, Old Bawn Road, Tallaght on September 25.

Judge James McDonnell adjourned the matter to a date in April.