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In Brief: Boy bailed over scaffold theft

A 15-YEAR-OLD boy who was caught in a building site during an attempt to steal scaffolding has been remanded on bail pending sentence by the Dublin Children's Court.

The teenager pleaded guilty yesterday to trespassing with intent to commit an offence at a construction site at College Square, Terenure, in south Dublin on August 15 last.

Judge Ann Ryan heard that the boy, who has no prior criminal convictions, had been caught in a van with two other males. "A large amount of scaffolding, which had come from the site, was in the rear of the van," the court heard.

Judge Ryan remanded the boy on bail to appear again in March for sentencing.

The teen was warned that he must co-operate with the Probation Service which will try to help him address his offending.

Gun-accused kills two in court

A Canadian man facing charges of illegal possession of firearms opened fire in a Philippine courtroom today, killing two people and wounding a prosecutor before police fatally shot him, officials said.

The suspect, John H Pope, appeared in court in central Cebu city, where he resided, to face the charges when he shot a lawyer and a physician who filed a case against him, police said. He then fired at a prosecutor before responding police fatally wounded him, said Cebu police chief Mariano Natuel.

Regional police director Marcelo Garbo said Pope ignored orders to surrender and tried to fire at police.