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IN BRIEF: Court date for Breifne O'Brien

A DATE for the arraignment of businessman Breifne O'Brien, who is facing charges of theft and deception, has been set for next April.

O'Brien (51), of Kilmore, Monkstown Grove, Dublin, faces 19 charges of theft of sums totalling about €11m from five individuals and 19 charges of deception of the same people, which all allegedly occurred between 2006 and 2008.

Further charges allege deception involving €1.9m.

Patrick McCullough, defending, told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that the matter is now subject to a judicial review.

Refusing his application to adjourn the matter, Judge Mary Ellen Ring said she was anxious to set a trial date as soon as possible.

She adjourned the case for arraignment on April 9, telling O'Brien's counsel: "You should have all your documentation by the end of February. You have then until April to consider matters."

Campaign to move Salieri

A CITY in Italy is seeking to reclaim the remains of its best-known son, composer Antonio Salieri.

Salieri left his birthplace of Legnago, south of Verona, as a teenager to pursue his musical ambitions in Vienna, where he remained until his death in 1825.

A campaign group now wants to recover the composer's remains from a Vienna cemetery.

Dead schoolgirl thrown from car

POLICE in Jamaica have launched a hunt for a suspect who dumped the body of a 14-year-old girl from his car.

Residents in a Kingston neighbourhood reported seeing a body being pushed out of a silver Mitsubishi car.

Investigators say they identified the girl as Shariefa Saddler, who was last seen leaving home for her high school after dawn.