Brother helped addict in theft
A DUBLIN man who helped his drug addict brother steal a €12,580 watch from a jewellers has received a three-year suspended sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.
Garda Grainne Nolan revealed that Mark Harte's brother, who received an 18-month sentence for this and other thefts, claimed he stole the watch to cover a drug debt.
Mark Harte (35), of Clareville Grove, Glasnevin, pleaded guilty to stealing the watch from Sheeran's Jewellers, Dundrum Shopping Centre on November 18, 2007.
Judge O'Donnell suspended the sentence on conditions.
Honda recall in throttle scare
Honda said today it was recalling nearly 127,000 City and Fit cars in Brazil over a pedal defect that could cause unwanted acceleration.
One accident had been reported related to the defect, but no-one was injured, the Japanese car maker said. The cars were made in Brazil from May 2008 and October 2010 and sold only in Brazil. A total of 126,774 are being recalled.
Dust particles may get inside the accelerator pedal's sensor, causing the pedal in some cases to get stuck, the manufacturer said.
Thatcher fights flu on birthday
Margaret Thatcher was battling a bout of flu today that forced her to pull out of a Downing Street reception to mark her 85th birthday.
A message from the former British prime minister to apologise for her absence was read out to around 150 friends and colleagues last night.
She had insisted the gathering go ahead despite her last-minute withdrawal, and made light of the illness that prompted it, playing on her famous phrase that the "Lady's not for turning".
10pc would hide assets from exes
At least one in 10 men would hide their assets from their exes to avoid paying their fair share in court, according to a survey.
Women are at risk of losing out in divorce proceedings, family law firm Mishcon de Reya found.
Almost one in three couples (29pc) do not know how much their partner earns and two in three (63pc) have separate bank accounts, the research revealed.