Confusion as man with two names appears in Gorey Court
THERE was some confusion at the District Court last week when a man who apparently had two names appeared before Judge Haughton.
It transpired that David Bueanu and David Ion were one and the same person and when he was called, the defendant’s barrister confirmed that his name was David Buceanu with a date of birth of December 5, 1996, and an address at 8 Curran Park, Ballbriggan.
A charge of failure to appear before the court was listed under the name Buceanu, while charges of handling stolen property, namely €260 worth of clothes, and a device for removing security tags at Camolin on July 2 last were listed under David Ion.
Buceanu’s barrister moved to have the latter two charges struck out owing to the fact that it was not his client’s name. Judge Haughton refused however, saying: ‘The person before me answered to charges under that name. He accepted jurisdiction and was appointed legal aid. I’m amending the two older sheets to carry the correct name and date of birth. Buceanu’s barrister pointed out that a co-accused in this case had been given the benefit of the Probation Act, however, a lengthy list of previous convictions for this defendant from all over the country were read out which included stints in prison for theft and burglary.
‘This incident took place just two weeks after he receivevd a suspsended sentence at Trim District Court,’ said Judge Haughton. ‘He has an appalling record for someone so young. On each of the three charges, I’m imposing a sentence of 9 months in prison. I’m not prepared to suspend it or impose community service. He’s had a number of short prison sentences and they seem to have had no effect on him.’
The judge said that each of the three 9 month sentences will run concurrently.