Teen charged with robbery

A 17-YEAR-OLD boy has been charged with stealing computer equipment from a north Dublin childcare centre.

The youth made no reply when he was charged at the Children's Court with burglary at Sillogue Road, in Ballymun, on September 15 last.

Judge Bryan Smyth granted legal aid to the teenager, who was accompanied to the case by his mother, and remanded him on bail to appear again next month when he is to enter a plea.

Ex-priest guilty of sex assault

A former Dublin priest has admitted in court to indecently assaulting two victims in the Seventies and Eighties.

Tony Walsh (56), of Bunratty Road, Coolock, Dublin 5, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two counts of indecently assaulting a male in a Dublin church between November 1978 and April 1979. He pleaded guilty to a further charge of indecently assaulting a male in a Dublin school.

Judge Patricia Ryan remanded him in custody to face sentence by Judge Frank O'Donnell on Monday.

Man cleared of raping woman

A Wicklow man has been acquitted at the Central Criminal Court of raping a woman.

The man, who can not be named for legal reasons, had pleaded not guilty to raping the woman on June 6, 2007 at her home. The jury of seven men and five women returned a verdict of not guilty following less then an hour of deliberation on day three of the trial. Mr Justice Barry White thanked the jury for their attention to the case.

Trial reaches closing stages

The final stages have been reached in the trial of a Dublin man accused of raping a woman with whom he had a brief relationship.

The 22-year-old accused man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to raping the woman at her home on November 18, 2006.

Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy asked the jury of seven women and five men to return on Monday morning when he will complete his charge to them.