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Monday 18 December 2017

Jail for airport drug smuggler

A South African who smuggled €70,000 worth of cocaine through Dublin Airport has been sentenced to five years.

Paolo Ferreria Gomes De Lacerda (33) of Molesworth Mews, Cookstown in Tyrone admitted possession of 932 grams of the drug at Dublin Airport on July 7, 2011.

He told gardai he was desperate for money as he had been laid off from his job as a meat packer and was being offered €2,000 to bring in the drugs from Spain.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard De Lacerda arrived on a flight from Madrid and was stopped by customs officers who found the packages in his luggage.



Girl (2) hanged by blinds cord

An inquest will be held today into the death of a toddler who was accidentally hanged by a window blind cord.

Emily Warner died in December, four months after she was left brain damaged when she accidentally hanged herself on the cord in her bedroom.

Her father Jamie Warner found the two-year-old unconscious at their home in Royston, Hertfordshire, in August last year.



Revealed, the



digital wallet

Plans for a new payment system allowing people to use their mobile phone as a "digital wallet" have been revealed.

Those who sign up for an account with US-based payments company Boku will receive a sticker for the back of their phone that allows them to pay for goods at participating shops by swiping the handset on a reader.

They will also get a smartphone app, compatible with iPhones and Android devices, that tracks spending.



Warning over



travel rip-offs

Tourists face "rip-off charges" being imposed by some travel organisations, according to a study by Which? Travel magazine.

Ultra-expensive telephone contact numbers, "hidden" extras and "free" offers that include payments were just some of the things inflicted on travellers, it added.

Some tour operators added on a charity donation to the price of a holiday without giving consumers a say in the matter.

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