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Patient refused to leave A&E

A HOSPITAL patient arrested for hurling abuse at staff claimed she could not walk, but then made her way to the garda station on foot "without difficulty", a court has heard.

Laura Kenna (21) had been discharged but said she had not received proper treatment and refused to leave.

Judge Michael Walsh adjourned the case against her for the production of a probation report at Dublin District Court.

Kenna, of Jugback Place, Applewood, Swords, pleaded guilty to public order offences at the Mater Hospital on May 31, 2012.

She hurled abuse at staff after she was discharged.

Alcoholic thief was in bad way

AN alcoholic who stole six bottles of cider from a city centre supermarket was shaking from his chronic addiction at the time, a court heard.

Philip Massey (40) was fined €150 for theft.

Massey, with an address at Haven House Hostel, Dublin 7 pleaded guilty to the theft at Marks and Spencer, Mary Street on May 24.

Dublin District Court heard gardai were called to the store.

"He seems to have been in a bad way," Judge Bryan Smyth said before issuing the fine.

Chef fined for Stanley knife

A HOMELESS chef caught with a Stanley knife on him was using it to cut up cardboard for bedding, a court heard.

David Stewart (39) had been living in a tent when he was caught with the knife in a north inner city Dublin.

Judge Michael Walsh fined him €200.

Stewart, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a knife at Samson's Lane, Dublin 1 on September 21, 2012.

Dublin District Court heard gardai thought the accused was acting suspiciously when they searched him on the street.

Stewart was a qualified chef and was originally from Co Antrim, his lawyer told the court.