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Sunday 22 October 2017

A couple and their young family were terrified when a thug tried to hack through a bedroom door at their house and threatened to kill a baby with a three-foot long machete during an aggravated burglary, a court heard.

A couple and their young family were terrified when a thug tried to hack through a bedroom door at their house and threatened to kill a baby with a three-foot long machete during an aggravated burglary, a court heard.

Andrew Halligan (30), of 46 Ardmore Park, Ballybeg in Waterford city, was jailed yesterday for seven years for an aggravated burglary at a home in Meadowbank, Baile Na Déise, and threatening to kill a young family and baby.

The father-of-four was also jailed for seven years in 2006 for trespassing with intent to commit burglary at Carrigvantry in Tramore in 2005.

Prisoner gouges out his own eyes

An investigation has been launched after a prisoner reportedly gouged his eyes out in his cell. The prisoner, who has not been named, was taken to hospital following the incident at HMP Nottingham on Monday.

Reports have linked the incident to a protest about the high temperatures inside the prison in Nottingham but the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has denied these claims.

Nazi war crimes suspect dies

An 89-year-old Nazi war crimes suspect died in custody yesterday, hours before a US ruling that he should be extradited to Germany to face trial.

Johann Breyer died at a Philadelphia hospital, where he had been transferred after a month in jail, his lawyer and the US Marshals Service said.

US marshals had arrested him in June outside his home in Philadelphia. He was facing charges of aiding in the killing of 216,000 Jewish men, women and children at a Nazi death camp.

Rhino poacher gets 77 years

A rhino poacher in South Africa has been sentenced to 77 years in prison in one of the heaviest penalties aimed at curbing poachers who target rhinos for their horns, which fetch a high price on the illegal market in parts of Asia.

The sentencing of Mandla Chauke, a South African who was arrested in Kruger National Park in 2011, shows courts are starting to realize the negative impact that poaching has not only on wildlife but also on the tourist economy.

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