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Thursday 24 April 2014

Man captured after 14 years

A man who had a bench warrant issued 14 years ago for a robbery charge has appeared before a court after being stopped by gardai for suspected traffic offences.

Stephen Connors (32) was brought before Dublin Circuit Criminal Court over a bench warrant issued in 1998 for a robbery offence.

Connors had already appeared before Dublin District Court charged with driving without insurance at Harmonstown Road, Artane on December 13, 2012.

Connors, of Belcamp Lane, Belcamp, Dublin, was granted bail.



Evil paedophile pair are jailed

Two men accused of being part of a paedophile ring have been jailed for their part in "ritualistic, sickening" sex abuse of young girls.

Jack Kemp and Peter Petrauske spent years tormenting their female victims, one said to be as young as three.

Both men had denied any involvement in the abuse, claiming they were victims of a witch hunt or conspiracy.

But a jury at Truro Crown Court in England dismissed their protestations, convicting the pair of a string of offences dating back to the 1970s.

Kemp was jailed for 14 years and Petrauske for 18.



Journalist killer



gets 11 years

A former policeman found guilty in the 2006 killing of Russian investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya, a fierce critic of Vladimir Putin, has been sentenced to 11 years in a penal colony.

Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov was also fined s74,800 for staking out Politkovskaya's apartment and giving the killer the gun with which she was shot four times, including once in the head, on the president's birthday on October 7, 2006.



Singing star's body returns

Jenni Rivera (43), the Mexican superstar killed in a plane crash, has made her final journey home.

Three brothers of Rivera, a Southern California native, accompanied her remains from Mexico to the Long Beach airport.

Escorted by police, her casket was then driven to a Long Beach mortuary, where dozens of fans were waiting.

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