Monday 19 August 2019

In brief: Sentence cut for heroin duo

TWO men caught transporting €3.3m worth of heroin have had their 10-year sentences reduced on appeal.

John Paul Cawley (31) of Lugdoon, Doocastle, Ballymoate, Sligo and Greg O'Brien (21) of Dolphins Road, Drimnagh pleaded guilty to possessing heroin in Clondalkin on January 23, 2009.

Another man, Andrew Meeson (41), of The Hawthorns, Carraroe, Sligo, also received a 10-year prison term.

Mr Justice Donal O'Donnell said a "legitimate distinction" could be drawn the two applicants and Meeson and that the sentencing judge had erred by treating all three men "in exactly the same way".

He suspended the final two years of the 10-year term.

Gaddafi defiant during strikes

Muammar Gaddafi stood defiant yesterday in the face of the heaviest Nato airstrikes yet.

Libyan state television broadcast an audio address from Gaddafi, denouncing Nato and the rebels.

"We will not kneel!" he shouted.

Alliance officials warned that they were increasing the scope and intensity of their air campaign to oust Gaddafi.

Teen breaks probation rules

A 17-YEAR-OLD who took part in an unprovoked gang attack on a 14-year-old girl has been brought back to court for sentencing after violating her terms of probation.

Last October she had been placed on probation for nine months after paying €200 and writing a letter of apology.

But the girl had since been arrested for possessing of a false driver's licence, shoplifting and interference with a vehicle.

Judge Ann Ryan remanded the girl on bail to appear again next week.

Double murder charge for boy

A 16-year-old boy accused of murdering two British men in Florida was found in possession of the same type of bullets that killed the pair.

James Kouzaris (24) and James Cooper (25) were gunned down on April 16 after a night out drinking.

Shawn Tyson was arrested and charged with the men's murders.

Police matched bullets found in the suspect's room with the .22 calibre used to kill the pair.

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