Con­fu­sion as man with two names ap­pears in Gorey Court

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS -

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.

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