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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Lorry smash leaves 17 dead

Seventeen people died in a head-on collision in central Poland when a passenger van hit a lorry, after swerving into the opposite lane in thick morning fog.

"We have information that 16 people died at the site of the crash, and two others were transported to a hospital, where one more person died," a police spokeswoman said.

She said it was too early to discuss the cause of today's accident, which took place near Nowe Miasto nad Pilica, 80km south of Warsaw.



Teen in knife fight at festival

A 15-YEAR-OLD boy, who nearly mowed down revellers at last year's Oxegen music festival and was later caught at the event fighting while armed with a knife, had his sentencing adjourned.

The boy was remanded on continuing bail to appear again in four weeks at Dublin's Children's Court.

The west Dublin boy has pleaded guilty to a spate of charges, for driving stolen vehicles, possessing a knife, shoplifting and public order offences, over a one-year period starting at last year's music festival.



Appeal bid on taxi murder

THE Court of Criminal Appeal has reserved judgment in the application of a Dublin man for leave to appeal against his conviction for killing a taxi driver by stabbing him over 40 times in full view of his girlfriend and young son.

In March last year, a jury found Carlos Byrne (24) guilty of murdering Mark Smyth (31) in a frenzied knife attack at the Fortlawn Estate in Blanchardstown on March 18, 2008.

Lawyers for Byrne told the CCA that they would seek a retrial in the case.

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