DISTRICT COURT ROUND-UP
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.