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In Brief: Boy (16) caught dealing cocaine

A 16-YEAR-OLD boy has been remanded on bail pending sentence after he admitted cocaine dealing.

The boy, from west Dublin, pleaded guilty at the Children's Court to possessing the drug for sale or supply at his home on a date last February.

Garda Rory O'Sullivan of Ronanstown station said the boy's bedroom was searched and the cocaine, worth €228, was found "divided up into 12 separate bags".

Judge Clare Leonard sought an updated probation report and remanded the teenager for sentencing in November.



Youth smashed tourist in face

A YOUTH repeatedly smashed a can into the face of a 16-year-old Finnish tourist during a gang attack in Dublin, a court has heard.

The 17-year-old pleaded guilty to assaulting the boy on July 18 last year at Joyce's Walk, in Dublin 1.

Garda Colin Hampson told Judge Clare Leonard at the Dublin Children's Court that the youth and three other males set on the boy.

The youth had a cider can which he "smashed into his face three times". The teen's victim suffered cuts to his face and needed stitches.

Judge Leonard adjourned sentencing the youth, who is on bail, until next month.



'Call of nature' teen arrested

A 17-YEAR-OLD boy has gone on trial for taking part in a riot where gardai were injured when they were bombarded with bricks and rocks in a Dublin suburb.

The teenager pleaded not guilty at the Dublin Children's Court to violent disorder and breach of the peace charges.

The court heard that on September 19 last year, 30 gardai were attacked by about 15 rioters in a housing estate in Crumlin. Two officers were hospitalised after they were hit with missiles.

A garda denied in cross-examination that the boy had been arrested in the bathroom when he was making a "call of nature". He also denied suggestions that the boy was taken from the house with his trousers and boxer shorts around his ankles.

The teenager was remanded on continuing bail.