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Carroll suspect met gardai

A MURDER trial has heard that senior gardai had unrecorded meetings with one of the main suspects.

The suspect, Joseph O'Brien, has since been granted immunity for testifying at the Central Criminal Court

John Carroll (33) was shot dead in Grumpy Jack's pub in the Coombe just after 9.30pm on February 18, 2009.

Bernard Hempenstall (28) from Park Terrace, The Coombe; Peter Kenny (28) of McCarthy's Terrace, Rialto; Damien Johnston (27) of Cashel Avenue, Crumlin and Christopher Zambra (35) of Galtymore Road, Drimnagh have all pleaded not guilty to murdering the father-of-three.

Detective Sergeant Adrian Whitelaw spent his second day in the witness box, being cross examined by Michael O'Higgins, for Johnston.

He said that gardai received information that the motorbike and gun used were 'in O'Brien's sister's house'..

However, O'Brien was not arrested. Instead he and Det Sgt Whitelaw had a meeting, of which no record was kept.

Det Sgt Whitelaw said initially he had not suspected O'Brien of involvement in the murder and admitted he had "fooled" gardai.

Det Sgt Whitlelaw arrested O'Brien two nights after the murder at Dublin Port.

After the arrest, he said that O'Brien requested to speak to Det Sup Browne so he took him to his office, where no records were taken.

"He said he was a dead man walking. He wanted to know about the witness protection programme," he said.

The trial continues.

Nike in T-shirt slogan row

NIKE is being blasted for replacing its Just Do It slogan on some T-shirts with the phrases Dope, Get High and Ride Pipe.

The company said the terms are used by the skaters and snowboarders that it is targeting.

But critics say the slogans endorse drug use. Boston's mayor asked Nike to remove a display of the shirts.

Lost penguin moved to zoo

FEARS over the health of a young Emperor penguin stranded on a New Zealand beach have prompted officials to move it to a zoo.

The penguin was spotted on the beach on Monday, having travelled 2,000 miles from Antarctica. It appeared to grow more lethargic as the week progressed.