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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Teenager hid phone in cell

A TEENAGER caught hiding a mobile phone in his cell in a detention centre has been sentenced to another six months.

Patrick Judge (19), of Shangan Park, Ballymun, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a mobile phone at St Patrick's Institution on January 9 last.

Dublin District Court heard the phone was found concealed in the bulkhead of his bed during a search.

He was due for release in March 2016, which was a "lengthy sentence", his solicitor Michael Kelleher said.

Judge Michael Walsh said it was a "serious matter".

Youth stole whiskey bottle

A TEENAGER who shoplifted a bottle of whiskey has been told to pay €200 to charity to avoid a criminal record.

Denis Costigan (19) admitted a theft charge at Dublin Distrct Court.

Judge Patricia McNamara said she would strike the charge out if he made the donation.

Costigan, of Ballyfermot Parade, Ballyfermot, pleaded gulity to the theft from Dunne's Stores, George's Street on May 14 last.

The court heard he ran and was caught after a foot chase.

His solicitor Michael Kelleher said Mr McNamara had been out the night before and made a "foolish decision".

Woman had heroin for sale

A WOMAN caught selling heroin in Dublin city centre had no prior drugs convictions, a court heard.

Gillian O'Donnell (38) pleaded guilty to a drug dealing charge and the case against her was adjourned.

O'Donnell, of Bremore Pastures Way, Balbriggan, admitted possession of heroin with intent to sell or supply,

Dublin District Court heard gardai saw her involved in a suspicious transaction at Lower O'Connell Street on May 31, 2014.

She was searched and found with four bags of the drug worth €80.

Judge Patrica McNamara adjourned the case to October.

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