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Saturday 16 December 2017

Bogus charity collector avoids jail

A BOGUS charity collector who asked an undercover garda to sponsor him has been ordered to carry out 150 hours of community service.

Ian Lawlor (26) was collecting money for a non-existent drugs charity when he approached the plainclothes officer in south Dublin.

Judge Michael Walsh imposed the community service order instead of a four-month prison sentence after he was found suitable.

Lawlor, with an address at Wellington Street, Dun Laoghaire, pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court to possession of a false volunteer card in Ballsbridge last February 8.

Sgt Zita Woods said a large number of people were in the area because of the Ireland v Wales Six Nations rugby match at the time.

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