Pill swallower is in the clear
A MAN accused of obstructing a garda drugs search by swallowing a bag of pills has had the case against him dismissed.
David Hoey (30) was cleared of obstruction after a judge said the prosecuting garda had not warned him of her suspicions before asking to search him. Hoey, of Rossmore Road, Tallaght, had denied the offence, under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
Garda Gemma Casserly told Dublin District Court she was on patrol on the Ballyfermot Road at 9.45am on May 27.
She saw the accused in conversation with another man and they appeared to be involved in "some kind of transaction". He refused to submit to a search, the garda said. He then "knocked back" pills he had in a plastic bag.
Dad drove in the bus lane
AN uninsured motorist caught driving in a bus lane with his child unsecured in the back was on his way to hospital at the time, a court heard.
Damien Fay's vehicle, which was pulling a horse box, was taking up the entire bus lane. A judge has issued a warrant for his arrest when he failed to appear in court on multiple motoring charges. Dublin District Court heard that gardai on patrol on the Drimnagh Road on June 16, 2009, saw Fay driving and stopped him.
The court heard Fay (27), of Islean, Ballyjamesduff, Co Cavan, did not appear in court because he was in hospital, his solicitor said.
Store worker carried baton
A STORE worker who confiscated a baton from another man during a street brawl that started "over a girl" ended up in court on a weapons charge.
Krzysztof Skorobogaty (28) admitted possession of the wooden bat but insisted he had taken it from someone else who was wielding it during the affray outside a city centre garda station.
He was left without a conviction after a judge heard he had no criminal record.
Skorobogaty, of Sundrive Road, Rush, pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court to unlawful possession of a weapon.