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In brief: Teen accused of stabbing girl

A YOUTH stabbed his ex-girlfriend in the back after he took 100 sedative and sleeping tablets and started "hearing voices," the Dublin Children's Court has heard.

The 17-year-old boy, who cannot be identified because he is a juvenile, is charged with assaulting the teenage girl at an address in Dublin in February.

One of the girl's lungs was punctured, the court was told.

State solicitor Declan Keating told the court that "further more serious charges" could be brought against the boy who had been refused bail earlier.

The teenager was further remanded in custody to appear again next month.

Cocaine stash

boy walks free

A YOUTH caught with more than €2,000 worth of cocaine stashed in his bedroom has avoided a jail sentence.

The 17-year-old boy had pleaded guilty at the Children's Court in January to possessing the drugs for sale or supply, at his home, in west Dublin on April 8.

Ballyfermot Garda Patrick Noone had told the court the cocaine, worth €2,344, was found in the teen's bedroom after a warrant was obtained to carry out a search.

He was placed on probation for 12 months.

Defence solicitor Gareth Noble told the court the boy was taking steps to address his drug problem and had sought treatment.

Boy damaged unit computer

A YOUTH who damaged a computer in a children's care unit has been spared a criminal conviction.

The 17-year-old boy, who is in voluntary care of the HSE, pleaded guilty at the Children's Court to criminal damage at the care home in January.

Defence solicitor Gareth Noble told the court yesterday that the Probation and Welfare Service was pleased with the boy's co-operation and he did not need further intervention from them.

Mr Noble also said they were impressed by the level of services afforded to the boy, who wants to get anger management counselling.

The judge applied the Probation Offenders Act.