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Repair man swung baton

A BOAT repair man who was swinging a wooden baton on a busy Dublin street has been sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for one year.

Patrick Kenny (23) dropped the baton over a wall when he saw gardai.

Kenny, of St Aongus Park, in Tallaght, and also with an address in Co Kildare, admitted before Tallaght District Court to possession of a weapon which could be used to injure or incapacitate a person.

The incident took place at Main Street, Tallaght, on September 29 last year.

Knife case boy gets drug tests

A 15-YEAR-OLD boy on knife possession and robbery charges has been remanded in custody for drug testing after a court heard he was hooked on tranquillisers.

The teenager was brought before the Children's Court yesterday charged with robbery of a mobile phone from a man, trespassing and possessing a knife during an incident at an underground car park in an apartment building in Ashtown, north Dublin, on Thursday last.

Defence solicitor Sarah Molloy said that an application for bail was not being made.

She said the boy's parents, who were present for the case, believed their son was abusing benzodiazepine, "benzos", which the teen denied.

Suspect burglar told 'stay away'

A DUBLIN man armed himself with a screwdriver and burgled a southside home, it has been alleged.

Andrew Connors (42), of the Villa, Blessington Road, Tallaght, was ordered by a judge to stay out of the Blackrock and Dundrum areas.

He appeared before Dun Laoghaire District Court charged with burglary at Mulvey Park, Dundrum, on January 18.

He is also charged with possession of a screwdriver for use in the course of a theft at Gledeswood Drive, Bird Avenue, Clonskeagh.

Judge John Lindsay adjourned the matter for four weeks for DPP's directions on the charges.