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Stolen phone

A New­town­moun­tkennedy man who tried to sell a stolen phone in Bray ap­peared in Bray Dis­trict Court last Thurs­day.

Ian Sul­li­van (27) 39A Kil­ladreenan, New­town en­tered a plea of guilty to pos­ses­sion of stolen prop­erty at Strand Road on July 23.

The court heard that a woman had pre­vi­ously had her phone taken from her hand­bag on the seafront.

The phone was hang­ing from the back of her pram.

Her fiance locked the phone through the cloud. He put a mes­sage on the phone that if turned on again his con­tact num­ber would come up on it.

A per­son called Ian con­tacted him and of­fered to sell him back the phone.

An ar­range­ment was made to buy the phone out­side the Star. Gardai set up a surveil­lance op­er­a­tion. Sul­li­van was ar­rested try­ing to sell the phone to the in­jured party’s part­ner. The court heard that Sul­li­van had pur­chased the phone and knew it wasn’t le­git­i­mate but saw an op­por­tu­nity.

He has 32 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions how­ever not for this type of of­fence. The court heard that this was an op­por­tunis­tic in­ci­dent.

Judge David Kennedy ad­journed the mat­ter to March 9 for a pro­ba­tion re­port. ‘If there is any non-en­gage­ment with pro­ba­tion ser­vices I’ll pro­ceed to sen­tenc­ing,’ said the judge.

Bul­ly­ing at school

A mother be­fore the courts for fail­ing to send her teenage daugh­ter to school said that the girl has ex­pe­ri­enced bul­ly­ing and dis­crim­i­na­tion.

The court heard that another school may be tak­ing her.

The woman can­not be named to pro­tect the iden­tity of the child.

The mat­ter was ad­journed to Jan­uary 19.

Late to court

A Gorey man was late to court be­cause of trans­port prob­lems.

Clay McDon­ald (23) Glenogue, Bal­ly­fad, Gorey was fac­ing ac­cu­sa­tions of pos­ses­sion of stolen prop­erty al­leged to have oc­curred at Mead­ow­gate in Gorey on Oc­to­ber 12 2013.

He is also ac­cused of theft and as­sault at River­walk in Ark­low on Oc­to­ber 8 this year. McDon­ald was not present when the case was called in Bray Dis­trict Court last Thurs­day and a bench war­rant was is­sued.

How­ever he ar­rived shortly after 12 and apol­o­gised to the court.

He ex­plained that he had to get a bus from Camolin to Kil­macanogue, from Kil­macanogue to Bray, and a taxi.

The mat­ters were ad­journed to Jan­uary 8 in Gorey and Jan­uary 14 in Ark­low.

Shore­line break-in

Two men have been told to pay €500 each in com­pen­sa­tion to­wards the cost of dam­age to Shore­line in Bray.

Mark McDon­agh (18) 32 Old­court Park ap­peared in Bray Dis­trict Court last Thurs­day.

David Cran­ley (26) 73 Old­court Drive, also ap­peared in the mat­ter.

Garda Ai­dan Doyle told the court that gardai re­sponded to an alarm call at Shore­line on Fe­bru­ary 11 at 1.45 a.m.

The front door had been smashed. Five males were seen run­ning from the scene and later ar­rested after a short foot chase.

No prop­erty was taken but the dam­age came to €2,255.14. There was also in­con­ve­nience to the leisure cen­tre as school groups were com­ing the next day.

Al­ter­na­tive en­trances and ex­its had to be ar­ranged.

Cran­ley ini­tially said he was plead­ing not guilty be­cause he had not par­tic­i­pated how­ever he ac­cepts he was in­volved in the pe­riph­ery so had a part to play.

Cran­ley had 30 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions but none for bur­glary.

Judge David Kennedy or­dered a com­mu­nity ser­vice re­port for Cran­ley and a pro­ba­tion re­port for McDon­agh.

McDon­agh was also ar­rested on March 17 2013. He was one of a group of youths fight­ing out­side McDon­alds and told gardai to f**k off.

Cran­ley was charged with pos­ses­sion of stolen prop­erty for hav­ing a stolen bike on June 11. He told gardai that he paid a lot less than the bike was worth.

The case was ad­journed to March 9 for re­ports.

Tres­pass on rail­way

A man ac­cused of tres­pass on the rail­way at Bray Dart Sta­tion will ap­pear be­fore Bray Dis­trict Court again in Jan­uary.

Keigh Bren­nan (31) 44 Ross­more Av­enue, Bal­lyfer­mot, ap­peared in court last Thurs­day.

The al­leged of­fence oc­curred on July 22.

Solic­i­tor Con­way O’Hara made an ap­pli­ca­tion for le­gal aid and is seek­ing state­ments.

He said that Bren­nan has seven chil­dren and is on so­cial wel­fare.

The case was ad­journed to Jan­uary 22 for plea or date.

As­sault case ad­journed

A de­fen­dant stepped out­side just as his name was called, after which the wit­nesses and coun­sel left.

Pa­trick Mur­ray (53) 50 Cois Cairn, Old Con­naught Av­enue, ap­peared in Bray Dis­trict Court last Thurs­day.

He in­tends to fight a charge of threat­en­ing and abu­sive be­hav­iour and as­sault al­leged to have oc­curred at As New Tyres on Novem­ber 29 2013.

The mat­ter was ad­journed to Fe­bru­ary 19 for hear­ing.

Dif­fer­ent name

A woman who gave gardai her other name has been given time to pro­duce a pass­port.

Susan Con­nors (51) Bay 6 Hazel Hill, Tal­laght, ap­peared in Bray Dis­trict Court last Thurs­day.

She is ac­cused of giv­ing a false name at Pow­er­scourt Gar­den Cen­tre on March 2.

The court heard that she gave gardai the name on her pass­port but that she is known by another name.

The mat­ter was ad­journed to Jan­uary 19.

Park­ing of­fence

A man ac­cused of park­ing across the path and caus­ing dis­rup­tion said he was not treated fairly.

Ge­of­frey Nwadike (38) 50 The Head­lands, ap­peared in Bray Dis­trict Court last Thurs­day.

Garda Glen Quinn told the court that Nwadike was parked across the path at Strand Road on June 15 at around 5 p.m. Garda Quinn said that the tax was also out.

Nwadike said that it was fa­ther’s day and very busy on the seafront.

‘I had fin­ished my night shift and was pick­ing up my daugh­ters. There was no space to pull in. I drove around the block and came back.’

He said he was only there for 10 min­utes or less, and was about to pull away when he saw the garda ap­proached and waited, know­ing he wanted to speak to him.

Nwadike said that the garda asked him if he had ever been stopped be­fore. ‘I said can you be spe­cific. He told me he wasn’t go­ing to is­sue a ticket but that he would be­cause of who I am, he said some­thing like that.’

He said that he was not treated fairly, and added that his tax was out by just two weeks.

The de­fen­dant added that the ex­change con­tin­ued for 25 min­utes.

‘It’s about the same amount of time as you’re go­ing on,’ said Judge David Kennedy, who handed down a fine of €60 and said he would strike out the tax mat­ter.

Parked on path

A woman was fined €160 in her ab­sence for park­ing on a foot­way at Strand Road in Bray on June 15.

Caro­line McDon­agh of 60 Rye­croft, Church Road was not present for the mat­ter at Bray Dis­trict Court last Thurs­day.


A bench war­rant was is­sued at Bray Dis­trict Court last Thurs­day for the ar­rest of Dean O’Brien (19) 45 Hazel­wood, Fas­saroe.

O’Brien failed to ap­pear in relation to a charge of mak­ing off with­out pay­ment al­leged to have oc­curred at Fas­saroe on De­cem­ber 17.

Driv­ing charges

A man ac­cused of driv­ing while dis­qual­i­fied thinks his dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion might have lapsed on the date of the al­le­ga­tion.

Pa­trick Kin­sella (35) 96 En­net Road, Inchicore, ap­peared in Bray Dis­trict Court last Thurs­day.

He is also ac­cused of hav­ing no NCT or in­surance at Topaz on Dublin Road on De­cem­ber 3 2013.

Solic­i­tor Con­way O’Hara sought an ad­journ­ment and preci of ev­i­dence. The case was ad­journed to Jan­uary 19.

Stole goods

A man who stole €22.41 worth of gro­ceries from Tesco Ex­press in Bray re­turned the full amount at Bray Dis­trict Court last Thurs­day.

Gavin Doyle (38) 30 Ard Chualann took the items on March 11.

He has 37 pre­vi­ous of­fences, 14 of those for theft.

Solic­i­tor Con­way O’Hara said that Doyle is sta­ble on methadone now and has five chil­dren.

He didn’t have money and took the gro­ceries for his fam­ily.

Judge David Kennedy handed down a six-month sen­tence, sus­pended for 12 months.

In Holles Street

A woman who had no front lamp couldn’t come to court as she was at Holles Street.

Aoife McEvoy, 8 Old Conna Grove, had no left front lamp on her car at Dublin Road Shankill on July 14.

Her part­ner con­tacted solic­i­tor Con­way O’Hara who told Judge David Kennedy that she was in hos­pi­tal and ex­pect­ing her first child.

‘I have in­struc­tions to in­di­cate a plea,’ said Mr O’Hara.

Judge Kennedy handed down a fine of €60.

Avoided jail

A man jailed in the morn­ing at Bray Dis­trict Court was later re­leased when his solic­i­tor in­ter­vened.

Martin Sweeney (19) 2 Turn­pike Lane, Robinhood, Bal­lyfer­mot, was in court to pay €140 com­pen­sa­tion but didn’t have the money.

He had ad­mit­ted crim­i­nal dam­age to a woman’s car win­dow at Lug­gala on Au­gust 31 2013.

Judge David Kennedy sentenced Sweeney to two months in prison as he didn’t have the pay­ment.

How­ever his solic­i­tor had been de­layed, tried to get a bar­ris­ter to step in, but coun­sel was on his feet in the cir­cuit court.

The solic­i­tor later ar­rived and ex­plained, they came up with the money and paid it, and the Judge re­versed the decision, re­leas­ing Sweeney with the ben­e­fit of the pro­ba­tion act.

No in­surance

A judge said that a woman was lucky to be stay­ing out of prison for hav­ing no in­surance on two oc­ca­sions.

Melissa Byrne (28) Cool­more, Ark­low, was in Bray Dis­trict Court last Thurs­day.

She had no tax, NCT or in­surance at the N11 Kil­mur­ray on May 7.

She was charged with hav­ing no in­surance on Novem­ber 13 also.

The mother of three said that she ac­cepts the of­fence and it was due to lack of funds.

She was banned for three years for the Novem­ber in­ci­dent, and two years for the ear­lier one. She was also fined €500 and €750 re­spec­tively and given a three month sus­pended sen­tence.

Pos­ses­sion of cannabis

A man who had €30 of cannabis herb in his house has been given a three month sus­pended sen­tence.

Paul Sheri­dan (27), 2 Bruce Ter­race, Up­per Dar­gle Road, also re­ceived a fine of €350.

Garda John O’Reilly car­ried out a search at Sheri­dan’s ad­dress on April 6 on foot of a search war­rant.

The court heard that Sheri­dan has 60 pre­vi­ous of­fences.


A woman was fined €75 for hav­ing no tax at South­ern Cross Road on Jan­uary 11.

Lisa Howard (36) 44 Seafield Court, Killiney, apol­o­gised to the court and said she was in fi­nan­cial dif­fi­culty and has tax now.

No spec­i­men

A man who re­fused to give a spec­i­men of breath was banned for four years and fined €500. Davie Mayes (55) 15 Der­mott Gar­dens, Comber, Down, ap­peared in Bray Dis­trict Court last Thurs­day.

The court heard that on Thurs­day Au­gust 28 at around 4 p.m. Mayes was in the driv­ers seat of his car on Strand Road with the keys in the ignition, en­gine run­ning, and an empty pint glass in the cup holder. Mayes’ speech was slurred and gardai sus­pected he was drunk. ‘You don’t have to do this,’ he said dur­ing his ar­rest.

Mean­while, in Bray Garda Sta­tion Mayes said ‘I refuse, I refuse, I am not break­ing any laws. I refuse to give any spec­i­mens. I’m not go­ing to do it. What is the law,?’ A solic­i­tor for the ac­cused ar­gued that gardai had no proper grounds to form the opin­ion that Mayes was drunk. ‘I think it’s rea­son­able to form an opin­ion when some­one is slur­ring their words,’ said the judge.

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