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Monday 11 December 2017

Office worker loses €38k suit

A 43-year-old screen operator, who fell off her office chair, has lost a €38,000 damages claim in the Circuit Civil Court.

Karen O'Toole, of Eastham Court, Bettystown, Co Meath, said the accident happened on January 12, 2009 at her workplace, Sonopress Ireland Ltd.

She had put her hands between her legs to move her chair forward when it suddenly fell from under her. She said she had broken her left wrist and had to wear a cast for weeks. She sued for negligence.

The case was dismissed.



70 pets saved in house blaze

Firefighters have rescued a menagerie of more than 70 pets from a house fire in the US city of Cincinnati.

When officers arrived at the home they found dozens of animals -- including 18 rats, 12 rabbits, a hedgehog and a chinchilla -- inside.

Most of the animal survived, though one iguana and a couple of cats died.

Owner Nikki Hagaman was not at home when the fire started. She told reporters she works at a nearby pet store that also serves as an animal rescue.



Jury to decide €314k raid case

The jury in a trial of a Meath resident accused of robbery and false imprisonment is expected to begin its deliberations early next week.

Francis Cunningham (62) of Moyfenrath, Enfield, has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the robbery of tobacco products worth €314,916 and the false imprisonment of Joseph O'Toole and Edward Postol in Blanchardstown on March 14, 2007. He pleaded not guilty to possession of a firearm or imitation firearm and unlawful use of a mechanically propelled vehicle on the same date in the same place.



Seven years for dissident writer

A dissident Chinese writer has been sentenced to seven years in prison over a poem he wrote urging his countrymen to gather at a public square, a human rights group said.

The hefty sentence comes ahead of next week's visit to the US by Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping -- widely expected to be China's next leader -- where he is likely to face questions on human rights.

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