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Sunday 17 December 2017

Shopper settles ¤38,000 claim

DUNNES Stores alleged in a defence to a personal injury claim in the Circuit Civil Court that a woman slipped and fell on her child's vomit.

Barrister Conor Kearney told a judge yesterday that a €38,000 damages claim by his client, Laura Staines, could be struck out.

Ms Staines (23), of Killinarden Heights, Tallaght, Co Dublin, claimed she had slipped and fallen on ice cream or yoghurt in Dunnes Stores at The Square, Tallaght, on September 19, 2009, injuring her back and her left knee.

Following talks between the parties, Mr Kearney told the Circuit Court that the case had been settled and could be struck out.



Nasa scuppers Mars missions

Nasa is about to propose major cuts in its exploration of other planets, especially Mars.

Nasa's former science chief is calling the plan irrational.

Two scientists who were briefed on the 2013 Nasa budget that will be released next week said the space agency is eliminating two proposed joint missions with Europeans to explore Mars in 2016 and 2018.

The scientists said the cuts to the Mars missions are part of a proposed reduction of about $300m in Nasa's $1.5bn planetary science budget.



Drug dad gets four years' jail

A young father who stored over €40,000 worth of heroin in a rented apartment has been sentenced to four-and-a-half years at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

John Daly who became unemployed in 2007, "fell in with the wrong crowd" and agreed to store the drugs as he needed the money because his girlfriend was pregnant.

Daly (28), of Nephin Road, Navan Road, Dublin, pleaded guilty to possession of €42,920 of heroin on April 2, 2009.



Soccer star on sex charges

Sunderland footballer Titus Bramble was due to appear in court today charged with sexual assault.

The 30-year-old is accused of indecently touching two women in separate incidents during a night out in Yarm, Teesside, last September.

Brambe was due at Teesside Crown Court for a plea and directions hearing.

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