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In Brief: Boy 'sorry' for indecent act

A 17-year-old boy has been spared trial for indecently exposing himself twice at the same location in Dublin after he agreed to apologise.

The schoolboy was facing two counts under Section 18 of the Criminal Law Act 1931 for exposing himself and urinating in front of people on April 13 and April 28, 2011 in west Dublin.

Yesterday Judge Ann Ryan heard that the DPP was consenting to the case being withdrawn provided the boy gave an apology to the garda who arrested him.

Judge Ryan heard that the teen, who was 15 at the time, agreed to say sorry. The case was struck out.



Mobster jailed for drink scam

A Russian mobster has been sentenced to three years in prison after using women to lure wealthy Miami tourists into secret bars where they were charged exorbitant amounts for drinks.

Alec Simchuk (46) hobbled into the Miami federal courtroom on a crutch because Russian thugs broke one of his legs in an effort to prevent him from returning to the US to plead guilty and testify against his cohorts, most of whom were convicted after an 11-week trial.



'16 objects left in man's body'

Surgeons left up to 16 objects in a man's body after an operation for prostate cancer, a lawyer in Germany has said.

Annette Corinth said doctors removed a needle, compresses and surgical strips from Helmut Brecht after his wounds failed to heal properly following surgery in 2009.

The 77-year-old ex-banker died last year and his family is seeking ¤80,000 damages. The hospital has rejected the claims.



Celeb treasure from Studio 54

An eclectic trove of memorabilia from the famed 1970s New York nightclub Studio 54 is hitting the auction block today in Florida.

The private collection of co-founder Steve Rubell, who died in 1989, is being sold in West Palm Beach. There are original works by Andy Warhol and the front-door guest book from 54, full of famous names.