Man found with pistols at home
A Dublin man has pleaded guilty at the Special Criminal Court to having three pistols at his home in north Dublin last year.
John Walsh (24), of Harmonstown Road, Dublin, admitted the unlawful possession of three Walther 9mm pistols and three magazines suitable for the pistols at his home on February 1, 2011.
The court remanded him in custody for sentencing on February 17 next.
Boy (14) raped pensioner (77)
A 14-year-old boy was ordered to be detained for public protection, with a minimum period of two years less 65 days served, for raping a pensioner.
The teenager raped the 77-year-old woman in Oxfordshire in England, on November 12 after asking to be let into her house to talk about the war, Oxford Crown Court heard.
The boy, who cannot be named, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to one count of rape.
Muslims guilty of gay hatred
Three Muslim men became the first to be convicted of stirring up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation after they handed out a leaflet calling for gay people to be executed.
Ihjaz Ali, Kabir Ahmed and Razwan Javed handed out the pamphlet, entitled The Death Penalty? It quoted Islamic texts that said capital punishment was the only way to rid society of homosexuality.
They were convicted by a jury at Derby Crown Court in England of distributing threatening written material intending to stir up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation. The men will be sentenced on February 10.
Key al-Qa'ida operative killed
A US official said a CIA drone strike killed a key al-Qa'ida operative who was planning attacks on the West.
The official said the strike on January 10 hit Aslam Awan, who was described as an "external operations planner" inside the organisation.
The official spoke anonymously to describe the secret programme aimed at militants sheltering inside Pakistan's lawless tribal areas.