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Thief let out of jail stole again

A SERIAL burglar caught stealing while on temporary release from prison claimed he was trying to get money to feed his family.

David Quinn (41) was jailed for another 10 months for stealing copper pipes and bathroom fittings from a garden shed.

Judge Hugh O'Donnell refused to suspend the sentence because Quinn had been on temporary release and had 64 previous convictions.

Quinn, of Rutland Grove, Crumlin, had pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court to theft from the shed at a house at Parnell Road on April 8.

Uncle accused of grope attack

A DUBLIN man accused of groping his teenage niece and step-daughter has been remanded on bail so the HSE can prepare a report on the family.

The man, who is in his 30s, is alleged to have put his hand under his teenage niece's top and down the back of her trousers.

Judge Patrick McMahon said he would like to read the HSE report, and statements from the alleged victims, before he decided on jurisdiction.

The accused is facing two counts of sexually assaulting his niece and step-daughter. Both girls were in their mid-teens.

The case was adjourned for five weeks.

Banned driver drunk at wheel

A MOTORIST who was described as "blind drunk" when he got behind the wheel of his car was only weeks away from the start of a five-year driving ban when he was stopped by gardai.

Kevin Shiels (46) had 98mgs of alcohol per 100mls of breath -- three times over the legal driving limit.

Judge Patrick McMahon suspended a six-month jail sentence for two years after he heard that Shiels had stopped drinking after the incident.

The defendant, of Rusheeny Gardens in Hartstown, admitted before Blanchards-town District Court to a charge of drunken driving.

The court heard he was due to start a driving ban for a previous driving offence.