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Sunday 17 December 2017

In Brief: Teen held over careless driving

A DUBLIN teenager, who refused to let gardai test him for drink-driving after he almost crashed into a patrol car, has been detained for five months.

The 16-year-old, whose mother once "nailed her windows closed" to keep him indoors, was convicted at the Children's Court of 12 motoring offences, including careless driving.

The near collision took place at Kennelsfort Road, in Palmerstown, Co Dublin, on July 13 last year.

The judge detained the boy for five months and ordered that he was to be on post-release probation supervision for five months following his release.



Man stole €6m in bank blunder

A MAN who went on the run after a bank mistakenly deposited millions of dollars into his account has pleaded guilty to theft.

Hui "Leo" Gao was dubbed the Accidental Millionaire after Westpac bank in 2009 mistakenly gave the petrol station owner a credit line of 10 million New Zealand dollars (€6.1m), 100 times his approved limit.

Gao (31) and his partner then transferred millions of dollars into other accounts and left for China. Both are awaiting sentencing.



Son admits to father's killing

A MAN has admitted the manslaughter of his father in 2010.

Gerard McNamara (24), of Cedar Court, Kennedy Park, Limerick, had been charged with the murder of Joseph O'Donnell (48) at Hyde Road, Prospect, Limerick, on October 1, 2010.

At the Central Criminal Court yesterday, McNamara denied murder but pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

He was remanded in custody to appear on July 16 for sentence.



Haiti honours model Petra

SUPERMODEL Petra Nemcova has been named ambassador at large for Haiti because of the charity work she has done through her organisation, the Happy Hearts Fund.

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