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Monday 18 December 2017

Girl (14) kicked in gang attack

A 16-YEAR-OLD schoolgirl who took part in a gang attack on a 14-year-old girl has escaped a custodial sentence after paying €200 in compensation and writing a letter of apology.

The young victim was set on by a group of six juveniles, punched, kicked and received a blow to her head, the Dublin Children's Court has heard.

The teen pleaded guilty to assaulting the victim on December 27, 2008, at a park in north Dublin. Her case had been adjourned until yesterday for a pre-sentence probation report.

Judge Bryan Smyth released the girl on a supervised probation bond for nine months.



Strikers 'bully' star violinist

Violinist Sarah Chang has cancelled a recital at Detroit's Orchestra Hall over criticism and allegedly intimidating emails after being "unwillingly drawn" into a musicians' strike.

Former child prodigy Ms Chang (29), was invited to perform in the recital last week after the Detroit Symphony Orchestra cancelled its season-opening concerts because its unionised musicians were on strike over proposed pay cuts.



'Spy' photos school pays up

A Philadelphia school district will pay $612,000 (f443,000) to settle two lawsuits over secret photos taken on school-issued laptops.

The Lower Merion School District admitted capturing thousands of webcam photos and screen shots from pupil laptops in a misguided effort to locate missing computers.

The FBI investigated but declined to bring a criminal wiretap case.



Pub chain told to repay debts

TWO members of the O'Dwyer pub group consented to €8m judgments in the Commercial Court over guarantees they provided on a €25m loan.

Liam, of Northumberland Road, and Desmond, of Simmonscourt Road, both Ballsbridge, Dublin, provided security for the €25m term loan in 2003 and in 2006, provided that the total sum payable by each of them did not exceed €8m.

Following the winding up of the Marino companies, AIB demanded repayment of the term loan which stood at €23.2m in November last year.

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