Punch broke victim's nose
A 26-YEAR-old systems analyst has received a three year suspended sentence for an unprovoked punch which broke the victim's nose, sinus bone and left eye socket.
Colum Hanlon pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting a man causing him harm in the early hours of November 15, 2013 at Camden Street, Dublin. Hanlon, with an address at Smithfield Market, Dublin, told gardaí he had been very drunk on the night and had no recollection of punching his victim. He has no previous convictions.
Judge Martin Nolan ordered that Hanlon pay the €10,000 he had gathered as compensation and gave him 18 months to raise a further €5,000 for him.
Barca chiefs on fraud charges
A Spanish judge has indicted Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu and his predecessor Sandro Rosell for tax fraud and fraudulent administration in a probe centring on the signing of Brazilian star Neymar.
Investigative magistrate Pablo Ruz accused the club and its management of fabricating a labyrinth of contracts to hide the real cost of signing the striker in 2013. The judge said Neymar cost at least €83.3m, while Barcelona officials insist they paid €57m.
Nurse a suspect in six deaths
police say they suspect a former hospital nurse of murdering six patients in the town of Rumburk in the Czech Republic by injecting large doses of potassium.
Police began investigating last year when a doctor reported a suspicious death of a 70-year old female patient.
Heavy blow for comedian Al
Comedian Al Murray had his hopes dashed of parachuting 12,000ft into Kent where he is taking on Ukip leader Nigel Farage in May's general election - because he is too heavy.
The star, in his guise as the Pub Landlord, had hoped to stage the stunt after saying he was "shocked" at claims he had been parachuted in to fight the seat. But amid an assembled hoard of journalists and cameramen, he learned that he was heavier than the 14st 7lb limit and too big to jump.