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In brief: Mitching boy attacked mum

A TEENAGER who attacked his mother when she realised he had been playing truant has been ordered by a judge to show more respect to his family.

The boy (16) had pleaded guilty at the Children's Court to assaulting his mother at their north Dublin home on a date in March last year.

The case had been adjourned until yesterday for a probation report on him to be furnished. Judge Clare Leonard said she was not happy with the report as the teenager had failed to attend appointments which the Probation Service had arranged for him. The case was adjourned for an updated report.

Sentence delay for assault teen

SENTENCING of a youth who attacked a female garda as she was trying to cordon off an area when a suspected explosive device was found has been adjourned.

The boy (17) had pleaded guilty to assaulting the garda and criminal damage to a patrol car, at Clonmacnoise Road, in Crumlin, Dublin, in July 2009. His case at the Dublin Children's Court had been adjourned until Thursday for a pre- sentence probation report to be furnished. However, Judge Clare Leonard heard that the teen had since been remanded in custody on other charges and was not produced to court.

Youth in court over revolver

A JUDGE has held that the case of a youth who allegedly discarded a loaded revolver which then fired off a round of ammunition is too serious to be dealt with the Dublin Children's Court.

The boy (17) was arrested on October 30 last after a handgun was seized at East Road, in East Wall, Dublin 3.

The teen was remanded in custody by the Dublin Children's Court on November 1 last. Yesterday, Judge Clare Leonard refused jurisdiction and remanded the teenager in custody to appear again on a date next month.

Audi supermini wins car of year

Audi's new supermini, the A1, has been named car of the year by What Car? magazine.

The victory for the A1, which was also named best supermini, was announced at a ceremony in London.