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Shotgun man gets 3 years

A Romanian man who was caught red-handed with a sawn-off shotgun in his rucksack has been sentenced to three years in jail.

Condrin Jocota (24), of Mountjoy Square, Dublin, carried the weapon to deliver to another person for cash as he had "run into financial difficulties".

He pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose at Kings Inn Street, on May 13, 2008.

Jocota had moved to Ireland to live with his aunt and uncle when he was 14 to receive experimental treatment for a rare form of bone cancer.

The final year of the sentence was suspended on strict conditions.

€1k damage to victim's car

Two young men who damaged another man's car when they over-reacted to name calling have been given suspended sentences.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Wayne Finane (19) of Aisling House, Swords Road, and Karl McManus (21) of Blackwood Crescent, Ongar Road, caused over €1,000 worth of damage to a Toyota Starlet owned by a 20-year-old man after Finane dented it by climbing on to the bonnet and over the top of the vehicle.

They both pleaded guilty to damaging the car at Rathfarnham last November.

Headshop ban slapped on boy

A 15-YEAR-OLD boy was remanded on bail and banned from Headshops after he was charged with taking part in a knife robbery.

The teen is already believed to have neurological problems brought on by exposure to alcohol, the Children's Court was told.

He was before the court in connection with an alleged robbery in Dublin earlier this month.

Judge Clare Leonard heard it was alleged that he and two other youths "followed a foreign male up a path and robbed him at knifepoint".

When arrested, none of the boy's relatives would come to the garda station to collect him, the court was also told.