Wednesday 13 December 2017

In Brief: Hijack-bid man gets two years

A man who tried to hijack two vehicles before breaking into a house to steal car keys has been jailed for two years.

David McCabe (39), of Charlestown Place, Charlestown, Finglas, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to attempting to take a vehicle by force and burglary on April 28, 2009.

Garda James Tracy said it had been a "horrific ordeal" for the homeowners.

He said McCabe rang their bell at 11.25pm and forced his way into the house.

He then pushed the man back into his kitchen and assaulted him while demanding his car keys.

McCabe and an accomplice then ran away.

Teacher fights sex charges

A RETIRED teacher who denies allegations that he sexually abused pupils at the primary school is challenging his prosecution, the High Court heard.

The teacher, who is in his 70s, faces more than 60 counts of indecently assaulting almost a dozen female students in or around the west of Ireland national school he taught at from the mid-1960s to the mid-1980s.

Yesterday permission to bring the proceedings was granted, on an ex-parte (one side only) basis, by Mr Justice Michael Peart. The judge also put a stay on the prosecution proceeding pending the outcome of the High Court challenge.

Crooner Travis on drink charge

Grammy award-winning country singer Randy Travis has been arrested and charged with public drunkenness in Texas.

Police found him sitting in his truck, apparently intoxicated, in front of the First Baptist Church.

"An officer noticed an open bottle of wine in the passenger side of the vehicle," a police officer said.

Smoking link to male decline

Men who smoke suffer a more rapid decline in brain function as they age than their non-smoking counterparts, say scientists.

In a large, long-term study, British researchers found that while there seems to be no link between cognitive decline and smoking in women, in men, the habit is linked to swifter decline.

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