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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.