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Teen smashed his own phone

A TEENAGER who smashed his own mobile phone because he took exception to the car he was in being searched by gardai has been bound to keep the peace for a year.

Glen O'Connor (19) hurled abuse at the officers and threw his phone to the ground. The accused, of Cherry Orchard Avenue, Ballyfermot, admitted causing a breach of the peace.

Dublin District Court heard he had 41 previous convictions and had developed an alcohol problem. "I would like him to either control his gargle or control his tongue," Judge Patrick Clyne said.

Hospital-dash driver caught

AN uninsured driver got behind the wheel because he needed to go to his wife in hospital and was told he would have to wait half an hour for a taxi.

Jeffrey Mitchell (37) was told to carry out 200 hours community service to avoid a jail sentence.

Mitchell, of Sillogue Road, Ballymun, pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court to driving without insurance or a licence in an incident near his home on February 13.

The court heard his wife was suffering from liver and kidney failure in hospital. He was on his way home at 3am when gardai stopped him. Mitchell was also banned from driving for six years.

Superquinn in €45k cash raid

A 52-YEAR-OLD woman has appeared in court charged with stealing over €45,000 from a supermarket.

Valerie Shaw (52) is facing a Circuit Court trial on the charge after the matter was deemed to be too serious for the District Court.

The accused, of Woodvale Avenue in Blanchardstown, appeared before Blanchards-town District Court charged with a single count of theft.

The alleged incident took place at Superquinn, Main Street, Blanchardstown on February 6 last.

It is alleged that Shaw stole €45,548 cash in a number of different nominations from Superquinn.

The State Solicitor asked for six weeks for the preparation of the book of evidence.

The case was adjourned for six weeks to a date in June.