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Monday 25 September 2017

Judge's praise for spitting yob

A TEENAGER who punched a shop security guard and spat on him, has been spared a criminal conviction after doing a diversion programme for young offenders.

The 17-year-old boy, who claimed he could not be arrested because he had Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), pleaded guilty at the Children's Court to assault on July 2, 2010, at a shop in west Dublin.

Defence solicitor Gareth Noble said the teenager had now completed an "action plan" and had also brought €150 as compensation to court.

Judge Dermot Dempsey told the teenager "well done" as he struck out the case.



Antarctic boat fire kills three

Fire swept through a fishing ship near Antarctica, killing three fishermen and leaving two others with burns.

Rescuers said the outcome could have been worse had it not been for the assistance given by a nearby sister ship and another fishing vessel. off the McMurdo Station.

Thirty-seven crew members were rescued from the South Korean Jung Woo 2 including two unconscious men who had been severely burned.



Teen killed 'to see how it felt'

A TEENAGER has admitted strangling and stabbing to death a nine-year-old neighbour "because she wanted to know how it felt".

Alyssa Bustamante (17) has pleaded guilty to murdering Elizabeth Olten in Missouri.

She was asked by the judge what she did.

"I strangled her and stabbed her in the chest," Bustamante, said in a clear voice, looking straight at the judge.

"Did you cut her throat too?" the judge asked. "Yes," Bustamante responded.



Arson suspect unfit for court

A 48-YEAR-OLD man charged with arson at a historic church in Dublin is unfit to attend court for two weeks, a judge as been told.

Patrick Currie, of no fixed abode, was due before Cloverhill District Court in connection with a fire which gutted St Catherine's Church, Meath Street in the Liberties on January 2.

The case was adjourned for a further two weeks yesterday. A psychiatric report has been ordered. Currie remains in custody.

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