Raider spotted open window
A FATHER-of-two who burgled a neighbour's flat when he saw the window open while sitting on the roof has been jailed for four months.
Michael Lawlor (30) had most of the property he stole in his own flat when gardai raided it, but had sold a laptop to buy cocaine.
Judge Hugh O'Donnell jailed him for four months after hearing he had previous convictions for theft.
Lawlor, who was said to have a 'significant' drug addiction, pleaded guilty to a theft charge arising from the incident at the North Circular Road on June 19.
'Mr Showbiz' charge ditched
A TABLOID journalist accused of speeding on the M1 whilst 'perusing paperwork' on his lap has had a dangerous driving charge struck out.
Self-styled 'Mr Showbiz', Paul Martin (32), appeared before Swords District Court charged with dangerous driving in April.
Garda Sergeant Paul Madden previously alleged that Mr Martin, of Galgorm Court, Ballymena, Co Antrim, was seen driving his black BMW at 120kph. It was also alleged that when gardai pulled up alongside Mr Martin he had paperwork on his lap. Sgt Madden told the court that the charge was to be struck out.
Jail for hitting bouncer in eye
A DRUNKEN reveller who punched a bouncer in the face giving him a black eye has claimed he was provoked after he called him a "knacker".
Martin Maughan (28) said he was upset after security man Tim O'Sullivan said he was barred from a pub.
Mr O'Sullivan denied he called Maughan any derogatory names, and said he was simply asked by a barmaid to remove him from the pub.
A judge ordered Maughan to pay €1,000 to the victim, fined him €500 and sentenced him to four months in prison.
The defendant, of Castlecurragh Vale in Blanchardstown, admitted before Swords District Court to assaulting security man Tim O'Sullivan outside The Star pub in Main Street, Swords.