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Friday 17 August 2018

Boy had 'coke' in bag of crisps

A Dublin boy has pleaded guilty at the Dublin Children's Court to having €1,400 worth of cocaine, which was hidden in a bag of crisps.

The boy (17), who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and left school at 14, admitted possessing the drugs for sale or supply at waste ground on Rutland Avenue, Crumlin, on April 21 last.

"I observed someone throw a bag of crisps into the waste area, the accused caught this bag in his hand," said Garda Michelle McGuinness. The packet contained 14.6g of crack cocaine. Judge Clare Leonard adjourned sentencing until April. The boy also admitted drink-fuelled public order and criminal damage offences.



Test to identify yo-yo dieters

Scientists may have discovered a way of identifying dieters who are prone to piling the pounds back on after weight loss.

A study at Maastricht University's Department of Human Biology found a link between a gene involved in regulating blood pressure and post-diet weight gain in women.

Women who regained weight after slimming had a high change in the concentration of a particular protein in their blood during dieting, research showed.



Dad executed for killing tot

Texas has executed a Houston man for fatally shooting his 19-month-old son after a 2002 standoff with police.

Timothy Wayne Adams declined to make a final statement before receiving a lethal injection for the slaying of Timothy Jr. The toddler was shot twice by his father at close range inside the family's apartment.

The 42-year-old Adams' execution took place about 35 minutes after the US Supreme Court rejected a final appeal from his attorneys.

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