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In brief: Youth accused of street attack

A REVELLER accused of punching another man in the face in a random attack near a nightclub has been given three weeks to decide on a plea.

Keith O'Callaghan (20) allegedly left the victim with a black eye and bruising to his face and body following the roadside assault.

A judge adjourned the matter for three weeks to allow gardai to provide the witness statements to O'Callaghan's solicitor, Laura Shannon.

Ms Shannon said O'Callaghan was unable to attend court as he was sitting a FAS exam.

The defendant, of Mourne Court in Skerries, was charged before Swords District Court with assault at Airside Retail Park in Swords on September 9 last year.



Threat-charge teen faces trial

A TEENAGER who was allegedly part of a gang who threatened to use violence against another in a public park has been sent forward for trial.

Stephen Mulhall (19) is facing trial in the Circuit Court after the DPP ruled that the matter was too serious for the District Court.

Mulhall, of Kildonan Road in Finglas, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with violent disorder at Liam Mellowes Park in Finglas on April 10 last year.

The court heard that Mulhall and four other men were allegedly involved in the incident.



Arrest order as boy skips court

A JUDGE has ordered the arrest of a 16-year-old boy accused of lashing out at gardai after he was arrested for attacking his mother.

The teenager and his mother did not to turn up to the case at the Dublin Children's Court this week, prompting Judge Clare Leonard to issue bench warrants for the pair.

The judge was told that since the teen's last court appearance, it was believed he had left the country to be with his father. The court heard of concerns over more violent incidents including one involving "legs of a table" after the boy had "drunk vodka and bleach."