Trespasser gets prison reprieve
A YOUNG man who trespassed in a private house has told a court that he's "completely turned his life around since" the tragic death of his older brother eight months ago.
Jimmy O'Brien (21) had claimed to gardai he was working at the house in Sandycove, but gardai did not find any tools.
The court heard O'Brien's family has been "torn apart with grief" since his brother tragically died from head injuries following an assault last June.
Judge Ann Ryan sentenced O'Brien, of Burnaby Lawns in Greystones, Co Wicklow, to four months in prison but suspended it for one year at Dun Laoghaire District Court.
Teen accused of mugging
A TEENAGER was among a gang of youths who beat up a student and stole his iPod and phone as he walked home at night, it is alleged.
Mark Keogh is accused of being one of a gang who surrounded the student, demanded money and rained punches and kicks on him when he refused.
His case was adjourned at Dublin District Court for the preparation of a book of evidence.
Keogh (19), of Reginald Street, Dublin 8, is charged with robbing the man in an incident at Sean McDermott Street in the north inner city on January 24 last year.
Bicycle dealer set out to steal
A BICYCLE trader went out to steal a bike to replace one that thieves had taken from him, a court heard.
Darren Crowe (38) initially thought the bike was his, but decided to take it anyway when he realised he was wrong. He was left without a conviction after making a €100 charity donation.
Crowe, of Green Road, Mullingar, admitted possession of tools for use in the course of a theft at the IFSC on October 2 last year.
Dublin District Court heard he had gone out drinking and spotted a bicycle which he believed had been stolen from him previously.
He got the tools, went back to get the bike, realised it was not his and still decided to take it.