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Raid suspect set to face jury

A MAN accused of breaking into a parochial house has been sent forward for trial.

Joseph Morgan (29) allegedly caused €230 worth of damage to a kitchen window during a burglary which took place at the Parochial House, Blackcourt Road on July 7 last.

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

The accused, of Corduff Green in Blanchardstown, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with burglary and criminal damage.

Judge David McHugh gave Morgan the alibi caution, and ordered that a copy of an interview which gardai conducted with the accused be assigned to his legal team.

Teen grew drug to avoid debts

A YOUTH who grew cannabis to avoid adding to a massive debt he owed to drug dealers has been spared a custodial sentence.

Dublin Children's Court has heard that the 17-year-old boy's family have had to take out loans to clear his debt which "runs into thousands of euros".

Judge Ann Ryan sentenced the youth, who had had pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis following a search of his south Dublin home on November 30, 2011, to 12 months' probation.

The boy was ordered to continue to accept guidance from the Probation Service and to re-engage in an educational course.

Judge orders parents arrest

A JUDGE has ordered the arrest of the parents of a suspected teenage burglar for not coming to his court hearing.

The 16-year-old boy, who was remanded in custody, was charged at the Dublin Children's Court with burglary at a house at Kingswood Heights in Tallaght last Wednesday.

Garda Kevin King told Judge Ann Ryan that after the teenager had been arrested, his parents were contacted by telephone.

Judge Ryan issued a warrant for the arrest of the parents.