Tuesday 20 March 2018

In Brief: Two on pepper spray charges

TWO youths have been charged after a Brazilian man was pepper-sprayed, attacked and robbed in Dublin on Sunday night.

A 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named, and Daniel Clarke (18), of Dolphin House, Dublin 8, were charged with robbery of the Brazilian national, at the South Circular Road.

The pair were arrested 20 minutes after they allegedly robbed the man, who is in his early 20s and arrived in Ireland just a few weeks ago.

They were both remanded to appear at a court hearing at a later date.

Estate killer faces sentence

A 27-year-old man has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Lucan man Paul Harris.

Shane Millea, of The Pottery, Maynooth Road in Celbridge, Co Kildare, had been charged with the murder of Paul Harris at the Cannonbrook estate in Lucan on December 2, 2010.

Yesterday, Millea told the Central Criminal Court he was pleading not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter.

The plea was accepted by the State.

Millea will be sentenced on April 14 and has been remanded in custody until then.

Girl 'begging for survival'

A TEENAGE girl from Romania who claimed she needed to beg to survive has been remanded on bail pending sentence at the Dublin Children's Court.

The 17-year-old girl pleaded guilty to harassing, intimidating and obstructing people while begging at Johnson's Court, in Dublin city centre, on March 5 and also on a date in December.

Judge Bryan Smyth heard that the girl lived in Ireland with extended family members but her parents were still in Romania.

The girl told the court that she had come to Ireland to claim social welfare but found that she had no choice but to beg, "to eat".

Judge Smyth sought a probation report on the teenage girl and ordered her to appear again in May for sentencing.

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