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Saturday 20 December 2014

Year off jail for drugs stash Cover solicitor back practising Wexford rape trial to begin Obama replies on gay policy

A DUBLIN man who held over €300,000 worth of drugs at his family home in a bid to clear a drug debt, has had his jail time reduced by one year.

John McCarthy (29) of Fettercairn, Tallaght, pleaded guilty to possession, and was jailed for ten years with the final two years suspended by Dublin Circuit Court in June 2009.

The Court of Criminal said the former security worker had shown a "high level" of appreciation and accountability for the crime he had committed.

The court added that the man's assistance regarding his own involvement in the crime, was not given "sufficient credit" by the sentencing judge.



Cover solicitor back practising

A SOLICITOR whose practising certificate was suspended because she did not have insurance had the restriction lifted after the High Court heard she had obtained cover.

Lorna Burke, of Burke and Co, Kiltartan House, Forster Street, Galway, had been ordered not to practise, along with three other solicitors, until insurance was in place. All four solicitors had been unable to renew their professional indemnity insurance since December.



Wexford rape trial to begin

A JURY has been sworn in for the trial of a Wexford man accused of rape and false imprisonment in the county nearly three years ago.

The man has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to aggravated sexual assault, oral rape and false imprisonment of the woman on August 6, 2007.

The trial will begin later this week.



Obama replies on gay policy

Opponents of the 'don't ask don't tell' policy on gays in the US military interrupted President Barack Obama with heckling at a fundraiser for California senator Barbara Boxer.

The president said that he supported overturning "don't ask don't tell" and suggested the protesters should be shouting at the people who don't.

Mr Obama also told the crowd that Ms Boxer opposed "don't ask don't tell" in the first place.

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