Sunday 20 January 2019

Man accused of aluminium theft

A DUBLIN man accused of attempting to steal five cans of aluminium conductor, worth €15,000, from an ESB compound is facing trial on the charges.

Paul Gavin (44) is alleged to have damaged the front gate of the ESB compound when he trespassed on the property.

He is facing trial by judge and jury in the Circuit Court after a judge said the matters were too serious for the District Court.

Gavin, of Oscar Traynor Road, Dublin 17, appeared before Swords District Court charged with trespass at the ESB compound, Naul Road, Balbriggan on September 26, 2010.

Garda Nicky Duane said he further charged Gavin before the court with charges of criminal damage and attempted theft.

Teen hit man in self-defence

A TEENAGER who claimed he punched a man in the face in self-defence after the man "got in his face" has avoided a conviction.

John Keane (19) left the other man with a bloody nose following the incident in Tallaght.

A judge applied the probation act after a garda witness said that Keane was not the initial aggressor.

Keane, of Donomore Crescent in Tallaght, admitted before Tallaght District Court to threatening and abusive behaviour.

The incident took place at the car park of the Plaza Hotel in Tallaght on November 15 last.

Headbutt man is granted bail

A MAN who headbutted a garda in the face after he was confronted for smashing a man's car windscreen has been remanded on continuing bail.

Paul Clifford (22) struck the officer when he became violent after he was stopped running from the scene.

Dublin District Court heard he committed the offences just a few days after being given community service by a court for other charges.

Clifford, of Mourne Road, Drimnagh, pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage and garda obstruction on November 6, 2010.

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