Laptop burglar 'high on drugs'
A YOUTH addicted to prescription tablets was caught with three stolen laptops.
The 18-year-old got a six-month suspended sentence at Dublin Children's Court.
He told the court he had no memory of the offences because of his drug-taking.
The laptops were hidden in a bag in a bush at St Margaret's Road, Ballymun. He was 17 at the time.
The youth also pleaded guilty to burglary at an apartment in Dublin city as well as attempted theft of mobile phone and possessing a knife as a weapon.
Teen accused of sambo theft
A 14-YEAR-OLD schoolboy is facing prosecution for repeatedly stealing sandwiches and soft drinks from a shop in Dublin.
The alleged thefts occurred November at the same shop in a west Dublin suburb. He is accused of taking five sandwiches and four bottles of Lucozade.
He also faces a tenth charge for possessing a set of bolt cutters for use in a theft at Bow Lane West, in Kilmainham.
The boy was ordered to appear again next month when he is to enter pleas.
Pirate terror is on the increase
Pirate attacks off Africa's west coast in the Gulf of Guinea are increasing and becoming more violent, sophisticated and systematic, the United Nations warns.
UN political chief Lynn Pascoe said the International Maritime Organisation received 45 reports of piracy incidents involving seven west and central African nations in 2010 -- and 64 reports of attacks involving nine countries last year.
He said the IMO had already recorded 10 piracy incidents off the coasts of Benin, Congo, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Nigeria in the first two months of this year.
Muslim watch a must -- cops
New York's Police Commissioner has defended aggressive intelligence-gathering operations, saying there is no need to apologise for keeping tabs on some Muslims if that is what it takes to protect the city.
Raymond Kelly said: "Not everybody is going to be happy, but our primary goal is to keep this city safe."