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Abuser guilty after 34 years

A DUBLIN man has been given a suspended sentence after admitting indecently assaulting a seven-year-old boy 34 years ago.

Brian Casey (60) gave the boy toys and money when he abused him. The most serious assault involved digital penetration of the victim.

Casey, of Cherry Avenue, River Valley, Swords, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to indecent assault at Walkinstown between June and December 1978.

Casey has been registered as a sex offender.

Lightning kills Polish hikers

Four hikers have been killed, probably by lightning, on a tourist trail in Poland's Pieniny mountain range.

The four -- a married couple in their 50s, their daughter and her boyfriend -- were reported missing on Wednesday evening when they did not return from a walk on Poland's border with Slovakia. The hikers, all from Warsaw, were found dead early yesterday.

Golfer was not libelled

AN golfer has lost a High Court action for libel over what he said was a notice from his club that he had cheated about his playing ability.

Thomas Talbot (75) sued the Hermitage in Lucan, Dublin, claiming he was defamed in a certificate sent to him by the handicap sub-committee in July 2003 stating his handicap was 13, with the words "General Play (Handicap Building)" at the bottom.

Mr Talbot claimed the use of those words meant he was cheating at golf. Yesterday, Mr Justice Daniel Herbert rejected claims he had been defamed and awarded costs -- expected to run into hundreds of thousands -- against him.

Former judge in suicide bid

A former judge in the north-east of England has said she attempted suicide after receiving a criminal conviction.

Beatrice Bolton (59) said she spiralled into severe depression after being found guilty of failing to control her dog, Georgina, who injured her neighbours' son.

Ms Bolton, who used to sit at Newcastle Crown Court, was the only woman judge on the criminal circuit in the North-East.