Monday 18 December 2017

In Brief: Riot teenager faces sentence

A JUDGE has adjourned sentencing a youth who was found guilty of taking part in a riot where gardai were injured when they were bombarded with bricks and rocks.

The teenager pleaded not guilty at the Dublin Children's Court to violent disorder and breach of the peace charges but was found guilty following a hearing last year.

The court heard that on September 19 2010, 30 gardai were attacked by about 15 rioters in a housing estate in Crumlin. Two officers were hospitalised after they were hit with missiles.

Garda Cian Stears had told the court that he saw the youth, then aged 16, throwing a missile at gardai.

Judge Clare Leonard heard the youth had come to further garda attention for public order offences. She adjourned sentencing until April.

Factory blast death toll rises

The death toll from a factory that collapsed in eastern Pakistan has risen to 18.

The factory, which manufactured medicine, caved in yesterday in the city of Lahore after several gas cylinders inside exploded.

Workers pulled 13 people out of the rubble alive.

Around 30 people are still believed to be under the debris. Government officials said the factory was built illegally in a residential area of Lahore.

Drugs warlord caught at last

The last major Colombian far-right paramilitary warlord still at large has been arrested on murder and drug trafficking charges.

Venezuela said the warlord known as Martin Llanos was captured on Saturday along with his brother in the eastern town of El Tigre.

He will be handed over to Colombian authorities.

Llanos unleashed a bloody war against rivals in 2003 in Colombia's eastern plains in which about 1,000 combatants were killed and hundreds displaced.

Reprieve for death row man

A US federal judge has temporarily blocked the execution of a Mississippi inmate who killed two men during a robbery in 1995.

Edwin Hart Turner was scheduled to die tomorrow.

US district judge Carlton Reeves halted the execution.

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