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Trial starts over €1m gem heist

THE trial has begun of a man accused of carrying out a €1.2m jewellery heist at a Dundrum shopping centre.

Ian Maloney is accused of entering a jewellers with a sawn-off shotgun and pointing it at staff while his partner jemmied open a cabinet and filled a bin bag with jewellery and watches.

Maloney (24) of Cashel Road in Crumlin has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbery, possession of a 12-gauge Farasqueta CIA Shotgun and possession of a sawn-off shotgun at Paul Sheeran Jewellers in Dundrum Town Centre on September 3, 2008.

The trial continues.

Three years for street assaults

A MAN who was one of a group of youths that viciously set upon two friends and threatened them with a knife has been given a three-year jail-term.

Aaron Brophy (20) of South Circular Road, admitted at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to three charges of assault causing harm, violent disorder and production of a knife in July and December, 2009.

Both incidents happened in the Temple Bar/Dame Street area.

Judge Tony Hunt handed down a four year concurrent sentence, suspending the last 12 months.

Web fear over head shops

Irish and British authorities should work together to fight the sale of illegal head shop drugs online, experts have warned.

The number of high street stores selling the psychoactive highs fell from 102 early last year to 11 after a wide-ranging ban but there is a vast internet business supplying users, a review by The National Advisory Committee on Drugs (NACD) has found.

Doctors fight for TV award

Two timelords go head to head for the Best Actor gong in this year's TVChoice Awards.

Matt Smith is nominated for his role as Doctor Who and his predecessor David Tennant is nominated for his appearance in the BBC1 drama Single Father.

They are up against Merlin star Colin Morgan and Benedict Cumberbatch from Sherlock.