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Teen facing robbery charge

A boy gripped a man's neck in a "choke hold" and kicked him in the face during a robbery, a court has heard.

The 16-year-old has been charged at the Children's Court with robbery and assault causing harm to the man (27), at the junction of Prussia Street and the North Circular Road, in north Dublin, on August 14 last.

Garda Colin Davidson told Judge John O'Neill that the man was grabbed from behind.

Gda Davidson told Judge O'Neill a second person went through the man's pockets, taking an MP3 player.

The teenager released his "choke hold" grip on the victim who then "fell to the ground".

"He turned and was kicked in the face," Gda Davidson said.

Delay in garda costs hearing

A costs hearing resulting from the acquittal of a garda accused of assault has been adjourned until October.

Garda Brendan Whitty (29) stationed at Kevin Street Garda Station, was acquitted last February of assault causing harm to Mr Keith Murphy on Thomas Street, Dublin 2.

Counsel for Gda Whitty, Emma Muldowney, said the issue of costs had already been resolved but other issues remain outstanding.

Kenny meets Europe leaders

Taoiseach Enda Kenny travels to Brussels today for talks with European leaders on the economic situation.

The bailout crisis in Greece and its potentially damaging impact on other states and the euro will dominate.

A Government spokesman said talks would allow leaders to discuss progress on economic issues.

The European Council talks will also focus on migration into the EU and other international issues such as the Middle East and the conflict in Libya.

Boy (7) drove stepdad's car

A seven-year-old pyjama-clad boy drove his stepfather's car for 20 miles, sometimes hitting speeds of 50mph, before being stopped by police in Michigan.

The boy told authorities that he drove off in his stepfather's car on Monday to see his father, who also lives in Huron County, 110 miles north of Detroit.