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Sunday 17 December 2017

Phone link over €300k cigs raid

The trial of a man accused of robbing over €300,000 worth of cigarettes has heard of missed calls between a phone in the defendant's car and one in the stolen van the cigarettes were found in.

Frank Cunningham (62), of Moyfenrath, Enfield, pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the €314,916 robbery and false imprison-ment of Joseph O'Toole and Edward Postol in Blanchards-town on March, 2007.

Forensic scientist Dr Stephen Doak told the court he examined five mobile phones found in the vehicles. He said one of the mobiles in Cunningham's car was linked to one of the mobiles in the stolen van. The trial continues.



Star Marisa in home leak row

A leak from actress Marisa Tomei's New York apartment has damaged the homes of two neighbours, including film director John Waters, a lawsuit claims.

It says the Oscar-winning My Cousin Vinny star's "negligence" caused a 2010 leak that left $128,000 (¤98,000) in damage at the building in Manhattan's Greenwich Village. Hairspray director Waters says there is no animosity between him and Tomei, above.



Florida terror bomb claims

A Kosovo-born US citizen has been charged with attempting to use weapons of mass destruction in connection with an alleged militant Islamic plot.

Sami Osmakac (25) bought explosive devices and firearms from an undercover agent, it is claimed. Authorities say Osmakac planned to use a car bomb and other weapons in an Islamist-inspired attack on various locations around Tampa, Florida.



Teacher denies filming abuse

A teacher accused of molesting a student and filming the abuse has pleaded not guilty.

California police say they found nine videos on a mobile phone belonging to Neng- Yang (43) that showed a girl (8) performing a sex act on him, after she told her mother he made her skip class to play a 'lollipop game'.

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