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Tuesday 22 August 2017

Abuser uncle fled sentencing

A CHILD abuser facing sentence for molesting his five-year-old nephew has fled before he could be sentenced.

The 51-year-old faced up to 10 years in prison when he was due to be sentenced at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

He had pleaded guilty to indecent assault at the child's Dublin home at some point during 1983.

However, he failed to appear for sentencing and Judge Martin Nolan issued a bench warrant for his arrest.

Defence counsel James Dwyer said that his client has a serious drinking problem and this was the likely cause of his absence rather than any attempt to escape a sentence.

Judge Nolan replied that he didn't think the accused "was capable of fleeing very far if I'm any judge of character".



Boy caught with knuckle-dusters

A YOUTH who was caught carrying knuckle-dusters during a public order disturbance has been spared a criminal conviction after he agreed to donate €100 to charity.

The then 17-year-old had admitted having the hand-worn weapon on him during an incident at Emmett Road, in Dublin 8, on a date in January and he also pleaded guilty to a connected breach of the peace charge.

Garda Gemma Bannon told the Dublin Children's Court earlier that the teenager had been "acting in an aggressive manner".



Warrant out for honey-trap girl

A WARRANT has been issued for the arrest of a 16-year-old girl awaiting sentence for stealing from a man who was offered sex during a "honey-trap" style theft.

The young mother-of-one had pleaded guilty last month at the Dublin Children's Court to two theft charges and she has also admitted a begging offence.

The teenager, who is from Romania, pleaded guilty. Her case had been adjourned for a probation report to be prepared. However, she did not turn up for her sentencing hearing and Judge Ann Ryan was told that the girl may have left the country since she pleaded guilty to the offence.

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