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In brief: Robber Ward's appeal refused

CONVICTED armed robber Frank Ward, who was sentenced to life for shooting publican Charlie Chawke, has failed in a bid to take his case to the Supreme Court.

Mr Chawke was shot in the leg by Ward (58) outside the Goat Grill pub in Goatstown in 2003. He was robbed of almost €50,000 and his right leg had to be amputated.

Mr Justice Joseph Finnegan, at the Court of Criminal Appeal, said the application did not contain issues of law considered sufficient to be referred to the Supreme Court.

He said "insulting" and "vulgar" comments on the conduct of the court by Ward, who represented himself, did not help the case.



Jacko doctor 'like employee'

A medical expert testified that Michael Jackson's doctor acted more like an employee than a physician by agreeing to give the pop star nightly doses of the potent anaesthetic propofol.

Dr Steven Shafer, a leading researcher in the use of propofol, took the stand as the final prosecution witness in the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr Conrad Murray.

It was nearly unheard of to give propofol as a treatment for insomnia, said Shafer. "We are in pharmacological Never Never Land here," he said.



Boy faces trial on ATM scam

A 16-YEAR-OLD boy has been sent forward for trial for false imprisonment of a young couple during a house raid in north Dublin.

He was charged after an incident on Botanic Avenue on April 27 where a 21-year-old man was allegedly forced to go out in his own car to withdraw money from ATM machines, as his partner was held hostage.

The north Dublin boy is in custody over other charges.



Hospital sheets used at hotel

bed sheets discarded by hospitals in the United States have been sold in Brazil for use in homes and at least one hotel.

Pernambuco state Governor Eduardo Campos denounced the Brazilian company that allegedly imported the materials.

The company's stores were closed this week, and sanitation authorities took sheets for analysis.