In Brief: OAP mugger gets four years
A MAN has been jailed for a number of robberies including the mugging of an elderly woman which caused her to be hospitalised.
The 78-year-old fell to the ground and hit her face, after Patrick Kinsella's accomplice pushed her. Kinsella then grabbed her phone and bag.
She had a cracked eye socket, fractured cheek bone and cuts and bruises after the incident in Drury Street, Dublin.
Kinsella (32) of Emmet Road, Inchicore, pleaded guilty to three robberies between January 17 and January 21, 2011.
The court heard he had been addicted to drugs since he was 15 years old. He was jailed for four years.
Armed militia 'ruling Libya'
Armed militias now rule much of Libya, Amnesty International said, accusing them of torturing detainees deemed loyal to the ousted regime of Muammar Gaddafi and driving entire towns into exile.
The human rights group quoted detainees as saying they had been beaten and given electric shocks with live wires and Taser-like electroshock weapons.
The report is a fresh blow to Libya's new government, the National Transitional Council.
Knuckleduster charge for boy
A YOUTH has been charged with having knuckle-dusters as a weapon following an incident in Dublin last month.
The 17-year-old was charged at the Children's Court with taking part in a breach of the peace, and possessing a pint glass and the knuckle-dusters as weapons, at Emmet Road, in south Dublin, on January 28.
Judge Smyth agreed to a garda request for a four-week adjournment.
Mugabe blood diamonds fear
mining officials loyal to authoritarian president Robert Mugabe are stashing profits from Zimbabwe's diamond fields, a group monitoring blood diamonds said.
Global Witness fears the money could be used for political violence before proposed elections.
It said unspecified amounts of diamond earnings were being hidden in tax-free havens.