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Dealz theft

A man who stole from Dealz in Bray and was abu­sive af­ter get­ting off the Dart in Grey­stones with­out pay­ing has been sen­tenced to nine months’ de­ten­tion.

Last Thurs­day, Bray Dis­trict Court heard that Dy­lan O’Brien (18), 6 Hazel­wood, Bray, went into Dealz on March 25 and took a bag of crisps worth €1.49, egg salad worth €1.49 and a drink. He and an­other youth had both been bar red be­fore. The in­ci­dent was cap­tured on CCTV.

He went in the fol­low­ing day and be­came ver­bally abu­sive when told he was not wel­come. He threat­ened the man­ager and said he would dam­age his car, which was parked out­side.

On March 30, gardaí re­sponded to a call to Grey­stones Dart Sta­tion. O’Brien was one of a group of males who at­tempted to get off the Dart with­out pay­ing. The court heard that O’Brien shouted abuse at staff, spat on the train, and re­fused to leave the area when di­rected to do so.

The court heard that O’Brien has 159 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions.

Judge David Kennedy handed down three months de­ten­tion for fail­ing to com­ply with ag arda, two months con­cur­rent for threat­en­ing and abu­sive be­hav­iour and nine months for theft, tak­ing all other mat­ters into con­sid­er­a­tion.

Didn’t pay fare

A Car­low man who didn’t pay his taxi fare and kicked the driver on the shin has had his case ad­journed for a com­mu­nity ser­vice re­port at Bray Dis­trict Court last Thurs­day.

Christo­pher Sut­ton (31), 11 Slaney Mead­ows, Rathvilly, Car­low, com­mit­ted the of­fence on Ve­vay Road in Bray on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 22.

Garda Stephanie Hal­la­han at­tended Ve­vay Road where the ac­cused was in a dis­pute with the taxi driver over the €55 fare. Garda Hal­la­han said that when Sut­ton sobered up he co­op­er­ated and of­fered to pay.

So­lic­i­tor Barry Kenny said that his client is em­bar­rassed and apolo­getic. ‘He has a right to be em­bar­rassed and apolo­getic,’ said Judge David Kennedy, ad­journ­ing the mat­ter to Septem­ber 22 for the re­port and com­pen­sa­tion of €250 to be paid.

No in­sur­ance

A man who had no in­sur­ance was banned from driv­ing for three years and fined €750 at Bray Dis­trict Court last Thurs­day.

Daniel Eiffe (26), Apart­ment 1, Dar­gle Cen­tre, Cas­tle Street, was stopped at Topaz on Dublin Road by Garda Glenn Quinn on March 25. The car was seized at the scene. So­lic­i­tor Joe Maguire told Judge David Kennedy that his client had bor­rowed the car from a fam­ily mem­ber and was very apolo­getic.

Breach of bar­ring or­der

A Round­wood man re­ceived a sen­tence of two months for the breach of a bar­ring or­der at the Charlesland Cen­tre, Grey­stones, on March 8.

Adam Moore­house (23), 50 Ash­wood, Round­wood, was shout­ing abuse at his part­ner at the scene.

Bray Dis­trict Court heard that Moore­house was kick­ing the fam­ily car and the dis­pute was in re­la­tion to who had posses­sion of the ve­hi­cle.

The court heard that this was a one­off in­ci­dent and he lost self con­trol. He ex­pressed re­morse and re­la­tions are now on an even keel.

So­lic­i­tor John O’Dono­van said that it was the wish of the claimant that a cus­to­dial sen­tence not be im­posed. He was not rep­re­sented legally at the time of the or­der and may not have known the con­se­quences.

Judge David Kennedy said that this was a di­rect breach of a court or­der. ‘It has to be a cus­to­dial sen­tence,’ he said.

Ac­cused of drink driv­ing

A man ac­cused of driv­ing while over the le­gal al­co­hol limit has had his case ad­journed for le­gal sub­mis­sions.

Keith Mur­ray (34)0, 27 New­court Road, Bray, is fac­ing the charge re­lat­ing to Jan­uary 10, 2016, at New­court Road.

Garda Michael Houlihan told Bray Dis­trict Court last Thurs­day that he was on mo­bile pa­trol on New­court Road com­ing to the Put­land Road junc­tion at 12.48 a.m. He saw a BMW turn left onto New­court road, fail­ing to in­di­cate. He turned and fol­lowed, stop­ping the car. Mur­ray failed a road­side breath test and was brought to Bray Garda Sta­tion where he was found to have 71 mi­cro­grams of al­co­hol per 100 millil­itres of breath.

A bar­ris­ter for the de­fence made a num­ber of ap­pli­ca­tions to Judge David Kennedy, in­clud­ing a dis­crep­ancy with the time of the pe­riod of ob­ser­va­tion prior to the breath test at the sta­tion, and the form­ing of the opin­ion at the scene. The mat­ter was ad­journed to Oc­to­ber 10.

Over the limit

A woman who was driv­ing over the le­gal al­co­hol limit was banned from driv­ing for three years and fined €350 at Bray Dis­trict Court last Thurs­day.

Donna Smith (32), 36 Con­na­wood Lawn, Bray, ad­mit­ted the of­fence, which oc­curred on Bray Main Street around noon on Fe­bru­ary 16. She was found to have 80 mi­cro­grams of al­co­hol per 100 millil­itres of breath.

Judge David Kennedy granted a post­pone­ment of the ban which will come in to ef­fect on Oc­to­ber 1.

Stolen phone

A man who had a stolen phone said he found it out­side his home.

William Moore­house (28), Half Moon Halt­ing Site, Windgates, ap­peared in Bray Dis­trict Court last Thurs­day.

Garda Ross Cal­laghan told the court that he saw Moore­house and an­other man on Bray Main Street on Fe­bru­ary 10 at 11.20 a.m. The other male was clearly un­der the in­flu­ence, said Garda Cal­laghan, and he searched them both. Moore­house had two phones.

He said they were both his, then said he found the sec­ond phone out­side his home ad­dress. The phone was seized and gar­dai dis­cov­ered it was taken in a bur­glary in County Mon­aghan four days ear­lier.

A search of Moore­house’s home did not un­cover any fur­ther ev­i­dence.

So­lic­i­tor Joe Maguire said that his client was taken into care at the age of seven and re­turned to his fam­ily at the age of 18. He has had var­i­ous prob­lems in the past how­ever has been drug free and hasn’t touched al­co­hol for a num­ber of weeks.

‘He has an atro­cious record,’ said Judge David Kennedy, who heard that Moore­house has 27 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions. ‘I am not con­vinced by his story that he found the phone out­side his house.’

Judge Kennedy handed down a six-month sen­tence.

Stole fish food

A woman who took fish food from Mazi Zoo was handed a sus­pended sen­tence last Thurs­day.

Karen O’Cal­laghan (46), 10 Hazel­wood, Bray, took the item worth €20 from the pet store on Oc­to­ber 23, 2014.

She has 32 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions, 24 for theft, Bray Dis­trict Court heard last week. The court heard that O’Cal­laghan has med­i­cal is­sues.

‘If she keeps go­ing into shops and rob­bing things even­tu­ally I’m go­ing to have to send her to prison be­cause this can’t be al­lowed to go on,’ said Judge David Kennedy. He handed down a six-month sus­pended sen­tence and bound O’Cal­laghan to the peace for a pe­riod of two years.

‘If she goes back to re-of­fend­ing the next op­tion will be a sen­tence,’ said the judge.

Mo­torist fined

A man who was driv­ing un­ac­com­pa­nied while on a pro­vi­sional li­cence was fined €150 at Bray Dis­trict Court last Thurs­day. Ger­ard Maguire (25), 10 Mead­ow­land Mews, Mount­town, Dun Laoghaire, was driv­ing on Far­rankelly Road on June 11, 2015.

Fined €350

A woman who over­took on the left ad­mit­ted to Judge David Kennedy that the car in front was driv­ing too slowly.

Sally Quinn (19), 166 Gle­nageary Park, Dun Laoghaire, ap­peared in Bray Dis­trict Court last Thurs­day in re­la­tion to the of­fence on Cas­tle Street on No- vem­ber 1, 2015. Judge David Kennedy handed down a fine of €350.

No in­sur­ance

A man was banned from driv­ing for two years for hav­ing no in­sur­ance.

Christo­pher Con­nolly (26), 9 Shan­cas­tle Park, Clon­dalkin, ap­peared in Bray Dis­trict Court last Thurs­day. He was driv­ing on Strand Road on Oc­to­ber 27. He also re­ceived a fine of €350.

Emp­tied kegs at pub

A man stay­ing at the Porter­house en­tered the bar af­ter hours and emp­tied all the beer from the taps, Bray Dis­trict Court heard last Thurs­day.

Liam Brady (43), 28A Craig­fore Av­enue, Ra­heny, Dublin 5, was stay­ing at the seafront premises on Septem­ber 27, 2014.

Garda Michael Houlihan said that he an­swered a re­port of an alarm at 6.17 a.m. When he got there, Brady was stand­ing out­side smok­ing. He said he was a res­i­dent of the ac­com­mo­da­tion. All of the taps in the bar were in the down­ward po­si­tion and the bar was flooded with beer. Garda Houlihan said that Brady ad­mit­ted turn­ing the taps on and told him that while he was sleep­ing some­one went into his room and poured wa­ter on him.

Garda Houlihan said that the loss in­cluded 9.5 kegs, which was 836 pints and a value of €1,753 as well as a clean­ing cost of €350.

Brady ap­peared to be agi­tated on cam­era footage. He threw his suit­case on top of a ta­ble, went out, came back in, lit a cig­a­rette, turned on the taps, and went out again.

Garda Houlihan said that Brady was quite in­co­her­ent and talk­ing about con­spir­a­cies. ‘This went on for sev­eral min­utes. I don’t be­lieve he was in­tox­i­cated. He ac­cused me of be­ing part of the con­spir­acy against him.’

A med­i­cal re­port was pro­duced for the court.

Brady told the court that he woke up at 5 a.m. to some­one throw­ing wa­ter at him. His wash­bag was stolen he said. ‘I went down to try to set off the alarm to what had hap­pened. I wanted to know if there was CCTV out­side my room and how some­one got the key. I rang the gardaí.’

Brady had €750 in court with him by way of com­pen­sa­tion.

Judge David Kennedy said that he would like the ho­tel to be rec­om­pensed the full amount. He ad­journed the mat­ter to Oc­to­ber 24 for pay­ment of the full amount and in­di­cated he in­tends to dis­miss the mat­ter with the ben­e­fit of the pro­ba­tion act.

Dis­or­derly con­duct

A woman who called a garda a ‘pae­dophile’ and spat at him was sen­tenced to two months im­pris­on­ment at Bray Dis­trict Court last Thurs­day.

He­lena O’Brien (41), 6 Hazel­wood, Fas­saroe, com­mit­ted the of­fence at Dar­gle Heights on De­cem­ber 17, 2015.

Garda Dar­ren Kelly said that he was on pa­trol in Fas­saroe and in the gar­den of a house when O’Brien passed and shouted ‘you bas­tard, you’re a f***ing child mo­lester.’

Garda Kelly said that she walked down the length of the gar­den in which he was stand­ing, turned around and walked back, re­peat­ing what she said. ‘She spat in my di­rec­tion both times.’

Eibh­lín Ní Raghal­laigh BL said that her client is liv­ing at a refuge but will be mov­ing home in some weeks. She said that O’Brien suf­fers health dif­fi­cul­ties in­clud­ing lung dis­ease, se­vere de­pres­sion and claus­tro­pho­bia and is on med­i­ca­tion.

‘She is deeply apolo­getic for her con­duct,’ said Ms Ní Raghal­laigh.

‘That’s abysmal be­hav­iour,’ said Judge David Kennedy, who heard that she has two pre­vi­ous pub­lic or­der con­vic­tions.

Posses­sion of cannabis

A woman found in posses­sion of cannabis has been or­dered to make a dona­tion of €350 to the court poor box.

Carla Mer­ri­gan (19), 26 Beech­wood Park, Kil­coole, was the pas­sen­ger in a car stopped at Sea Road, Kil­coole, on March 2, 2016.

She was found to have a bag of cannabis, with a value of €50.

At Bray Dis­trict Court last Thurs­day, Judge David Kennedy ad­journed the mat­ter to Septem­ber 19 for pay­ment and in­di­cated that he will dis­miss the mat­ter with the ben­e­fit of the Pro­ba­tion Act.

Had adress stolen from char­i­tyshop

A woman whose ac­com­plice stole a dress from a char­ity shop had it at her home.

Michelle Daly (30), 15 Seav­iew Court, Strand Road, was charged with han­dling stolen prop­erty at Bray Dis­trict Court last Thurs­day.

The court heard that Daly and an­other woman en­tered Cast­aways on Quins­boro Road on Novem­ber 6.

Garda David McHugh told the court that the two women had been iden­ti­fied on CCTV and that he had ques­tioned Pamela Kenna in re­la­tion to the theft of the dress. She told Garda McHugh that she left the dress, val­ued at €22, in Daly’s home.

Daly re­turned the dress to garda McHugh when he called to her house.

So­lic­i­tor Joe Maguire said that the other per­son has ac­cepted re­spon­si­bil­ity for the theft. He said that Daly is very apolo­getic. The court heard that she has 38 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions, in­clud­ing 24 for theft.

‘She has a re­mark­able his­tory of dis­hon­esty,’ said Judge David Kennedy. ‘Seal­ing from a char­ity shop...’

Mr Maguire said that Daly’s last con­vic­tion was in 2013 for a 2011 of­fence. ‘She was a heroin ad­dict but is now clean and has not come to po­lice at­ten­tion with the ex­cep­tion of this in­ci­dent. She has worked with the pro­ba­tion ser­vices.’

Judge Kennedy ad­journed the mat­ter to Oc­to­ber 3 for a com­mu­nity ser­vice re­port.

Posses­sion of cannabis

At Bray Dis­trict Court last Thurs­day, Judge David Kennedy threat­ened to jail a man who had been in posses­sion of €20 worth of cannabis.

Jake Gor­man (22), Weather­top, Del­gany, had the drugs on Strand Road on May 24. Gor­man was a pas­sen­ger in a car stopped by Garda James McLough­lin, who no­tice a smell of cannabis. Gor­man of­fered up the cannabis herb he had on his per­son and signed Garda McLough­lin’s note­book.

The court heard that in April 2013, Gor­man was con­victed of poses­sion of drugs for the in­ten­tion of sale or sup­ply.

So­lic­i­tor Joe Maguire said that back then his client was go­ing through ‘not a great time.’ He said that Gor­man dropped out of col­lege, and was work­ing on and off. His life­style in­ter­fered with his work and he lost his job, which Mr Maguire said ‘gave him some cop on’. He said he is work­ing, and sav­ing to go back to col­lege as a ma­ture stu­dent.

‘He has pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for drugs and was given a sus­pended sen­tence in 2013, only to be caught with more drugs,’ said Judge Kennedy. ‘I think I’ll send him to jail. Ob­vi­ously he hasn’t learned his les­son at all. That’s the gen­eral idea of a sus­pended sen­tence, to give some­one a fright. What am I sup­posed to do? Give him a slap on the wrist with com­mu­nity ser­vice.’

He said that the chance Gor­man had been given had been thrown back in the court’s face. ‘Ev­ery­thing he built up since his pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for deal­ing in drugs, he risks it all for €20 worth of cannabis.’

Judge David Kennedy ad­journed the mat­ter to Oc­to­ber 3 for the pro­duc­tion of a com­mu­nity ser­vice re­port. He said that Gor­man had the garda to thank for that, and the ev­i­dence of his co­op­er­a­tion.

Driv­ing wrong way in traf­fic

A man who got lost and drove the wrong way back up a sliproad, was met by a garda trav­el­ling the other way, Bray Dis­trict Court heard last Thurs­day.

Paul McGrath (29), 25 Moreen Park, Sandy­ford, was driv­ing in the Farankelly Road area on March 24,2014, at 11.10p.m.

Garda Brian Burns said that he was about to en­ter the N11 on the sliproad and saw the car come against him ‘at a steady pace’, and he had to stop the pa­trol van. He pulled the car in. McGrath did not have L-plates dis­played. He told Garda Burns that he didn’t know his way around and was try­ing to creep back around the cor­ner.

Garda Burns said that it was a cold and windy night and it was dark. How­ever, he said that McGrath was pleas­ant to deal with and ad­mit­ted the in­ci­dent straight away.

On July 5, 2014, McGrath was stopped at a check­point at the Wil­ton Round­about. He had no NCT, was un­ac­com­pa­nied, and didn’t pro­duce his in­sur­ance within 10 days.

So­lic­i­tor An­drew Val­lely said that his client was col­lect­ing his part­ner from Grey­stones, got lost sev­eral times and his petrol light was on.

‘At his age he should re­ally know bet­ter than to go down a one-way system on a dual car­riage­way,’ said Judge David Kennedy. McGrath re­ceived a total of €1,150 in fines.

Had some­one else’s card

A man who had some­one else’s debit card said that he found it, Bray Dis­trict Court heard last Thurs­day.

Vasilii Cioban­ica (24), 22 Ve­vay Road Bray, had the card on Bray’s Main Street on June 2, 2015. Garda Ni­cola Mur­phy at­tended the area on foot of a com­plaint. She searched the ac­cused and found the Visa debit card which be­longed to a woman.

He was in­ter­viewed and said that he found the card. Cioban­ica has a de­gree in le­gal stud­ies from Moldova, said so­lic­i­tor Joe Maguire. He is in Ire­land to learn English. He was fined €500.


AW ex ford woman was fined €100 for speed­ing on the N 11 at B ray Dis­trict Court last Thurs­day. Ch­eryl Car­ney, 77 Clu­ain Caislean, Ferns, is the reg­is­tered owner of the car which was clocked driv­ing at 109km/hi­na100km/hzoneatKil­mur­ray South on Novem­ber 18. The court was told that her hus­band had been driv­ing the car, how­ever, they hadn’t filled out and re­turned the form that was sent out with the fine to ex­plain this.

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