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Sunday 10 December 2017

'Jealous' man struck girl (14)

A Dublin man with learning difficulties who harassed a girl and punched her in the head has been given an 18-month suspended sentence.

Darren O'Neill (21), of Larkhill Road, Whitehall, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to harassing his victim, then aged 14, via several text messages sent between June and August 2010.

Garda Aine Flaherty said O'Neill had got the victim's number from a friend and after a series of text messages were exchanged, the pair had met on two occasions and kissed.

O'Neill became "progressively jealous" when it became clear the girl had "no real interest". He was ordered not to have any further contact with the girl for 10 years.



Rapist father



awaits ruling

The Court of Criminal Appeal has further adjourned the sentence appeal brought by a man convicted of the repeated rape and sexual assault of his daughter over a 10-year period.

The Laois man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was sentenced to life by Mr Justice Paul Carney in March 2006, having pleaded guilty to 32 charges of rape and sexual assault against his daughter, beginning when she was just seven.

Presiding judge Mr Justice Joseph Finnegan said the appeal court would reserve judgment until next week.



Machete thug attacks judge

A US Supreme Court judge has been robbed by a machete-wielding intruder at his holiday home in the West Indies.

Justice Stephen Breyer (73), his wife Joanna and guests were confronted by the robber in the couple's home on the Caribbean island of Nevis.

The intruder took about ¤700 but no one was hurt.



Quake shakes Californians

A moderate earthquake has struck California's northern coast.

A magnitude-5.5 quake struck about 18 miles east of Trinidad, California, in a rural area of Humboldt County.

Police said the quake was widely felt and the shaking lasted 30 to 45 seconds.

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