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Gym coach had knife at hotel

A GYMNASTICS coach who took out a Swiss Army knife in a drunken New Year incident in a Dublin hotel has admitted weapons and public order charges.

Andriy Konaryev (40) with an address at Klonuske View, Hamlet Lane, Balbriggan, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a knife at the Clarion Hotel, Liffey Valley on January 1 last.

He also admitted public intoxication in the incident, and violent behaviour at Ronanstown Garda Station on the same date.

Judge David McHugh said he would leave the defendant without a criminal record on the basis of the fact that he had not been in trouble before.

He dismissed the charges after Konaryev made a contribution of €100 to the Blanchardstown Hospice.

Ex security man abused gardai

A FORMER security guard who was abusive towards gardai was on temporary release from prison at the time, a court heard.

David Brennan (32) turned to drink after he beat an addiction to heroin.

Judge Anthony Halpin convicted and fined Brennan €100.

The defendant, of Cloonmore Lawns in Tallaght, admitted before Tallaght District Court to threatening and abusive behaviour at the Old Blessington Road in Tallaght on November 5 last.

Migrant 'came here to steal'

A MIGRANT job-seeker caught hanging around a public phone box with a hammer and screwdriver had not come to Ireland to work, but to steal, a judge said.

Neculai Ciotanu (29) was arrested after gardai saw him acting suspiciously and found the tools on him.

He had arrived in Ireland from Romania to look for employment two days earlier.

Judge Cormac Dunne fined him €400 after he pleaded guilty to possession of the tools with intent to commit a theft.

The accused, of no fixed address, admitted the offence, which happened at Lombard Street East, Dublin 2, on January 14.