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Ex is fined for damaging car

A TRAINEE hairdresser scratched the bonnet of his ex-partner's car and drunkenly overturned her garden furniture following an argument, a court heard.

Martin O'Connor (32), of Dunsink Drive, Finglas, said he was upset because the couple, who have a young child together, were having communication problems.

He apologised unreservedly for his behaviour on October 18.

A judge fined him €600, after he handed over €450 in compensation.

Teen with knife 'in fear of life'

A TEENAGER who was found carrying a large knife has claimed he had it because he was in fear for his life.

Paul Douglas (19) said there is an ongoing feud amongst youths in Blanchardstown, and he was carrying the knife as protection.

The defendant, of Sheephill Green, Blanchardstown, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to possession of a knife.

Judge Hugh O'Donnell said that carrying a knife can only lead to further trouble, and fined the teen €150.

Drug-debt man admits charge

AN apprentice plumber was asked by a drug dealer to hold more than €8,000-worth of cocaine, to pay off a small drug debt, a court heard.

Stephen Logue (20), of Ashington Park, Navan Road, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to simple possession of cocaine, as well as having the drug for sale or supply at his family home.

Gardai raided the home on October 9, 2008. A judge adjourned the matter for a pre-sentence report.

Assault outside club is denied

A PUB-goer has denied that he hit another reveller, leaving him with cuts to his eye, in a nightclub assault.

Dominik Olasik (23), of Glenview Lawns, Tallaght, appeared before Swords District Court charged with assault causing harm to another man.

The alleged incident took place outside Velvet nightclub, North Street, Swords, on November 28.

The case was adjourned to a date in March for hearing.