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Smith has originally planned to contest the case against him but changed his plea to guilty on the day of the hearing.
The court was told that police were contacted by Smith's neighbor shortly after 9pm on May 21. She told the officers that the 25-year-old had forced his way into her home demanding money.
Describing his eyes as "bulging and crazed as if he was high", the 69-year-old victim told police Smith had pushed her and ripped her glasses from her face. Police later found the injured party's glasses in the pocket of Smith's tracksuit bottoms.
The court heard that he denied everything and told police he'd been at a friend's house where he'd drank two bottles of wine. Describing his neighbor as "a frail lady", Smith claimed that he would call regularly with her and help her out by doing errands. He subsequently claimed to have no memory of the evening in question.
However, on the day of his scheduled contest the court heard that Smith accepted the prosecution's version of events and was thoroughly ashamed.
The court was told that he'd been drinking at a friend's and had taken a taxi home "after a long and heavy day" but didn't have the £3.50 taxi fare and had called to his neighbor's convinced that she owed him money.
(Source: Newry Democrat)
A man who sexually abused his girlfriend's 12-year-old sister after a party in her house has been given community service instead of a jail term.
The Romanian claimed afterwards that he had no recollection of the incident because he was too drunk.
Judge Desmond Hogan said that it was a serious offence but at the lower end of the scale. He sentenced him to two years, suspended in full on condition he completes 240 hours community service.
The man pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to sexually abusing the girl in the bedroom of her Dublin home in the early hours of April 26, 2009.
(Source: The Evening Herald)
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a 27-year-old businessman convicted of selling food that was unsafe to eat.
Members of the public may have unwittingly eaten the chicken and turkey produced by Nigel Desmond Wilson at his slaughterhouse at Newtownbutler in Co Fermanagh.
The prosecution was brought by the Food Standards Agency.
Fermanagh Magistrate's Court heard that when Department of Agriculture and Rural Development officials visited the plant on the Crom Road at Newtownbutler they found decaying animal by-products infested with maggots and blood stains on the floor and clothing and no cleaning process in operation.
Wilson was not present when he was found guilty of nine offences.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)
As Christmas approaches, there will be little by way of festive cheer for at least 15 people who will be sleeping rough on the streets of Galway every night.
While a number of charitable organizations will be endeavoring to provide food and shelter for these men, who range in ages from their early 20s to pensioners, the stark reality is that they will have to endure the harsh winter elements over the Christmas season.
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