Monday 18 December 2017

Guns man gets two years' jail

A Dublin man was given a five-year sentence with three years suspended by the Special Criminal Court yesterday for having three pistols at his home in Artane last year.

John Walsh (24), of Harmonstown Road, Artane, had pleaded guilty to the unlawful possession of three Walther 9mm pistols and three magazines suitable for the pistols at his home on February 1, 2011.

Detective Sergeant Vincent Martin said gardai found three Walther semi-automatic pistols in a plastic bag in a wardrobe in an upstairs bedroom.

'Vicar' murder

suspect held

A 43-year-old man is being held on suspicion of murdering a clergyman at his vicarage in England.

The Rev John Suddards (59) was found stabbed to death in Thornbury, south Gloucestershire, on Tuesday.

Detectives arrested a 43-year-old man on suspicion of murder on Wednesday.

Senior clergymen said the murder should act as a warning -- that when clerics opened their churches and homes to people, they became "vulnerable".

Gunmen seize

Olympics haul

Two masked gunmen stormed into a small museum at the birthplace of the ancient Olympics in southern Greece, smashing display cases with hammers and making off with dozens of antiquities up to 3,200 years old.

It was the second major museum theft in as many months in Greece.

Yesterday's robbers targeted the museum of the ancient Games at Olympia, a few hundred yards away from the world heritage site's main museum, which contains priceless statues and bronze artefacts.

Schoolboy on

rape charge

A 17-YEAR-OLD schoolboy charged with raping a female in Dublin last May has been sent forward for trial to the Central Criminal Court.

The teenager, who cannot be identified, had been charged in November with rape at a location in north Co Dublin, on May 2 last.

Garda Olivia Fleming had told the Dublin Children's Court that the DPP had directed "trial on indictment". The teen made "no reply" when he was charged.

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