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Thief 'living beyond means'

A JOBLESS man who took to shoplifting because he was "living beyond his means" has been given a four-month suspended sentence.

Shane Tobin (22) was trying to raise money when he stole cosmetics.

Tobin, of North Strand Road, Dublin 1 pleaded guilty to theft at Centra, Terenure Road North on May 2 last.

The court heard the defendant entered the shop at 5.20pm and stole €54 worth of goods.

He could not find a job, had very little money and found himself living beyond his means, his solicitor Matthew Kenny said.

Judge Bryan Smyth suspended the sentence for a year.

Man had knife at Dart station

AN apprentice blacksmith caught with a "fancy Swiss army knife" on him at a Dart station has been given a six-month suspended sentence.

Dean Fitzgerald (23) gave gardai no explanation for the knife at the time, having been searched after officers smelled cannabis on the platform.

He maintained in court it was to fix his bike, but admitted a charge of unlawful possession of it.

Fitzgerald, of Grange Abbey, Donaghmede, pleaded guilty to possession of a knife and public order offences at Howth Dart Station on October 23 last year.

Mum hurled abuse in A&E

A MOTHER-of-one who hurled abuse at hospital staff when she was asked to leave has been put on a peace bond for a year.

Sandra Murray (33) was arrested when she then refused to move on for gardai at the Mater Hospital.

Murray, with an address at Morning Star Hostel, Dublin 7 pleaded guilty to causing a breach of the peace and failing to obey garda directions in the incident.

Dublin District Court heard the accused became verbally abusive to staff and security when she was asked to leave.

Defence Solicitor Yvonne Bambury said Murray had injured her leg.