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In Brief: iPhone thief behind bars

A YOUTH who stole a woman's iPhone while he was awaiting sentence for a violent car hijacking of a pizza delivery man, was given a given a four-month sentence yesterday.

The 17-year-old boy, who already had 34 prior criminal convictions, pleaded guilty at the Children's Court to the theft at Parliament Street, Dublin, on April 23.

Judge Ann Ryan noted that the teen had a list of convictions for assault, drug dealing, motoring and public order offences.

She imposed a four-month term and also ordered that he was to be under post release probation supervision.



Father grew own cannabis

A FATHER-of-one decided to start growing cannabis in his Dublin home because it was getting too expensive to buy, a court heard.

Vincent Fox (34) has battled an addiction to cannabis for nearly 20 years, but swore that he was no longer smoking the drug.

The court heard that the cannabis herb had a street value of €2,400.

Judge Anthony Halpin fined Fox €100.

The defendant admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to cultivating cannabis without a licence.



Boy charged with burglary

A 14-YEAR-OLD boy who is in care has been charged with taking part in a burglary at a woman's home in south Dublin last week.

The teenager appeared at the Children's Court yesterday where Judge Ann Ryan was told that he is accused of burglary at a house on July 22.

The court heard that it would be alleged that the teenager was seen jumping on to a street from a house before he fled.

A woman later reported to gardai that her home had been burgled.

"The accused and an accomplice gained entry via a roof and entered a garage and attempted to open the back door," the court was told.

The teenager, who was accompanied to his hearing by his mother and a care worker, was remanded on bail for four weeks when he is to enter a plea to the charge.