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Warrant out on roof con man

A bench warrant has been issued for a youth who conned an 82-year-old woman out of most of her life savings by pretending to fix her roof, after he failed to appear for sentencing.

Vladimir Turculet (19) went to the woman's door and told her she needed her roof repaired. He returned repeatedly, saying he needed more money for goods. She handed over €11,750; no work was done.

Turculet of Coolaghknock Avenue, Kildare pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to stealing six cheques from the woman between October 20 and November 2, 2010 at her Sandymount home.



Jailer's attacker in mental care

An inmate who assaulted a prison officer with a razor blade while suffering from hallucinations has been committed to the Central Mental Hospital.

Two weeks ago a Dublin Circuit Criminal Court jury found James Burns (27) not guilty by reason of insanity of assault causing harm and possession of a razor blade at Mountjoy prison, Dublin on August 20, 2010.

Burns, of Navan Road, Dublin, admitted grabbing the head of prison officer John Gilligan and cutting him across the face with the blade.

He also admitted punching the officer in the mouth and chasing him out of his cell.



I torched my car, gardai told

A man who admitted to gardai he had set fire to his own car in the Phoenix Park -- but still submitted a claim to his insurance company -- will be sentenced in October.

Paul Devoy (24) of O'Devaney Gardens, North Circular Road, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to damaging a car at the Phoenix Park on March 3, 2009. He has 40 previous convictions.

Judge Patrick McCartan noted that 10 years was the maximum sentence and adjourned the case until October for a probation report to see if unemployed Devoy could be put to "useful employment".