Shop assistant hit by burglars
A SHOPKEEPER was distracted by a group of men while one of them went behind the counter and stole a bag of coins, a court heard.
The assistant was also elbowed in the stomach as the gang fled the newsagent's.
Ilie Mahai (30) took the bag of €2 coins while his friends distracted the woman, who was left very distressed.
A judge ordered Mahai to pay €500 compensation to the victim, and ordered him to complete 150 hours of community service.
Mahai, of Swiftbrook Avenue in Tallaght, admitted before Swords District Court to a charge of burglary. The incident took place at Daybreak newsagent's in Donabate on July 18 last year.
Insurance row man put in cell
AN IRATE man who came into a garda station demanding the return of his insurance certificate was arrested for a breach of the peace, a court heard.
Roy Supple (44) was so annoyed that he even rang the garda station from the cell demanding gardai return his insurance certificate. Gardai had placed him in the cell, but had failed to take the mobile phone off him.
Supple claimed gardai insulted him, telling him "Roy, you're a bit of an a******". A judge found him guilty and sentenced him to three months in prison suspended for one year. The defendant, of Beech Hill Terrace in Donnybrook, had denied charges of threatening and abusive behaviour and resisting arrest.
Tumour upset for teen fighter
A TEEN who got into a fight with another youth went "off the rails" for a while after a tumour was discovered on his chest, a court heard.
Shane Murphy (19) was confused and upset, and found it very difficult to deal with his medical difficulties.
A judge fined Murphy a total of €1,050.
The defendant, of Jugback Close in Swords, admitted before Swords District Court to two counts of public drunkenness and threatening and abusive behaviour.
The incidents took place at Main Street, Swords.