Sunday 17 December 2017

In Brief: Cocaine-raid dealer jailed

AN Englishman who was caught with cannabis plants, cannabis pollen and cocaine has been jailed for two-and-half years at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

John Martin (35), of Clancy Road, Finglas East, pleaded guilty to two charges of possession of the drugs for sale or supply at a house in Finglas on October 30, 2010.

Gardai searched the house following a tip-off and found a canvas tent which had 16 cannabis plants in it at various stages of growth.

The cannabis plants were valued at €3,000, the pollen at €28,000 and the cocaine at €1,140.

Legal debate at rape trial

The trial of three men accused of the gang rape of a pregnant woman in Monaghan has heard legal arguments from both sides in the absence of the jury.

The trial at the Central Criminal Court has been told that the woman was held down while the three men took turns raping her after a row over missing vodka. It is also alleged that her boyfriend was beaten and knocked unconscious.

All three have pleaded not guilty. The attacks are alleged to have taken place between November 15 and November 19, 2010.

Police flee in massacre alert

Every police officer in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez has been ordered to leave home and stay in a hotel after the killing of five officers by a drug cartel.

The cartel last week threatened to kill one policeman a day unless police chief Julian Leyzaola resigned.

The mayor of Juarez says the attacks carried out since then are a response to police action against drug cartels in the city across from El Paso, Texas, and says there is no way Mr Leyzaola is stepping down.

Clinton backs Burma's plea

Singapore has welcomed greater US engagement in Asia and urged Washington to lift economic sanctions against Burma to encourage democratic reform.

"We believe it's time to look at the sanctions and reconsider their utility," foreign minister K Shanmugam said after meeting US secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

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