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Girl kicked and spat at gardai

A 17-YEAR-OLD girl who attacked six gardai with kicks, spits and a headbutt has been remanded on continuing bail at Dublin Children's Court pending a pre-sentencing probation report.

The girl had pleaded guilty to attacking six officers in Coolock, north Dublin, on May 29 last year.

In June, the court had ordered a probation report and a family welfare conference to be held. However, Judge Catherine Staines noted yesterday that the teen, who was accompanied to her case by her mother, had not co-operated with the family welfare conference organised by the Probation Service.

Teen smoking joint in bath

A YOUTH who was one of the best students in his school when living with his grandmother but was caught with €18,000 worth of cannabis has received a two-year suspended sentence.

Noel Farmer, then 16, was found smoking a joint in the bath when gardai raided his mother's home.

Farmer (18), of Castlecurragh Vale, Blanchardstown, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of 11 nine-ounce bars of cannabis resin worth €18,658 at his home on October 10, 2008.

Motor fanatic gets four years

A DUBLIN youth has been given five years' detention, with the last 12 months suspended, for dangerous driving, possessing drugs and handling stolen goods.

Keith Lawlor was also disqualified from driving for four years.

Judge Patrick McCartan said he hopes Lawlor, while in detention, will "deal with his problems, obsessions and addictions so he can turn a corner" as a "lot of his problems are rooted in his obsession with motor cars".

Lawlor (19), of Kiltalown Road, Tallaght, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to dangerous driving with no insurance in his locality on January 4, 2009, handling a stolen watch worth €4,500 and possessing €220 of cannabis at his home on January 10, 2009.