Teen accused of jewel thefts
A 17-year-old schoolboy, who amassed massive gambling debts, has been accused of stealing more than €11,000 worth of goods including two diamond rings.
The teen has been charged at the Dublin Children's Court with burglary at a house on the North Circular Road, Dublin, on October 4, 2010.
Judge Bryan Smyth heard that the property was not recovered. He remanded the boy on continuing bail to appear again next month, when he is to enter a plea.
However, he admitted yesterday that he stole a silver watch, a wedding ring and a mobile phone at a gym.
Judge Smyth adjourned sentencing for that theft.
Three jailed for
Three men were jailed after becoming the UK's first to be convicted of stirring up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation for handing out a leaflet calling for gay people to be executed.
Ihjaz Ali, Kabir Ahmed and Razwan Javed quoted Islamic texts that said capital punishment was the only way to rid society of homosexuality. Ali was jailed for two years and Ahmed and Javed for 15 months each following a trial at Derby Crown Court in England.
in court fight
A member of a gang who carried out a €2.28m Tiger kidnapping has failed in an attempt to have further evidence disclosed for his forthcoming appeal.
The Court of Criminal Appeal refused an application for disclosure brought by Mark Farrelly (41), who was jailed for 25 years for kidnapping the family of Securicor driver Paul Richardson.
Farrelly, of Moatview Court, Priorswood, Dublin 17, was convicted by a jury in November 2009.
Rio stays calm in police strike
The streets of Rio de Janeiro were calm last night, just hours after police officers went on strike and a week before glittering carnival celebrations that typically draw 800,000 tourists were due to start.
Authorities said 14,000 army soldiers stood at the ready to patrol Rio's streets, but, as yet, their patrols were not needed.