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In Brief: Assault charge man 'on pills'

A MAN accused of mugging an 86-year-old woman near her home is on painkillers, a court has heard.

Polish national Mariusz Chelstowski (35) appeared before Judge Patrick Clyne at Kilkenny District Court last night, where his application for bail was deferred.

Mary Nolan remains in St Luke's hospital in Kilkenny since the alleged incident nine days ago near her home.

Chelstowski is accused of robbing Mrs Nolan of €200 while she walked on Walkin Street in Kilkenny city.

Hero soldier to help the young

New Zealand's most highly decorated soldier is quitting the military for a civilian job helping vulnerable young people.

Cpl Willie Apiata, 40, is the only living New Zealander to hold the Victoria Cross, the country's top award for gallantry.

The SAS member won the honour after saving the life of a comrade in Afghanistan in 2004, carrying the bleeding soldier 230ft through enemy fire to safety.

Gay ban stays for US Scouts

The Boy Scouts of America reaffirmed its policy of excluding gays after a confidential two-year review, angering critics who hoped that protest campaigns might lead to change.

The Scouts cited support from parents as a key reason for keeping the policy and expressed hope that the debate over it might now subside. Bitter reactions from gay-rights activists suggested that result was unlikely.

The Scouts' national spokesman, Deron Smith, said an 11-member special committee decided the exclusion policy "is absolutely the best policy".

Dochas inmate guilty of assault

A WOMAN who assaulted a fellow inmate at the Dochas Centre after 'name-calling' has been given a suspended sentence.

Karen Kelly (22) of William Street, Waterford pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm to the woman on April 7, 2011. Kelly has 16 previous convictions.

Judge Martin Nolan imposed a two-and-a-half year sentence, which he suspended in full.