Saturday 19 January 2019

In brief: Carroll murder trial witness ill

The chief prosecution witness in the John 'Champagne' Carroll murder trial couldn't give evidence -- because he was unwell.

The jury in the murder trial of four men at the Central Criminal Court was sent home yesterday after witness Joey O'Brien (26) fell ill.

Carroll (33) was shot dead in Grumpy Jack's Pub in the Coombe on February 18, 2009.

Peter Kenny (28) of McCarthy's Terrace, Rialto; Christopher Zambra (35) of Galtymore Road, Drimnagh; Damien Johnston (27) of Cashel Avenue, Crumlin and Bernard Hempenstall (26) from Park Terrace in the Coombe have denied murder. The trial resumes on Monday.

First Toyota suit over crash

The first lawsuit to go to trial against Toyota Motors over a sudden acceleration problem that led the company to recall 14 million cars will involve a crash that killed two people.

US District Judge James Selna said that the case of the deaths of Paul Van Alfen and Charlene Jones Lloyd, whose Toyota Camry slammed into a wall in Wendover, Utah, in 2010, will go to trial in early 2013.

It will be the first of several lawsuits intended to determine how the bulk of cases will proceed.

Boy accused of bike robbery

A TEENAGER lashed out at a cyclist in a bid to steal his bike, a court heard yesterday.

The 17-year-old boy was charged with robbery of a youth, in south Dublin, on April 10 last year and handling a stolen mobile phone, on January 8 last.

Judge Ann Ryan heard at the Dublin Children's Court that the cyclist sustained "slight bruising" and was left shocked by the incident.

The boy was remanded to appear again next month.

Japanese plan

nuclear demo

Protesters in Tokyo are preparing to hold mass demonstrations against the use of nuclear power today.

The protests will take place on the three-month anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that killed tens of thousands and caused one of the world's worst nuclear disasters at the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant.

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