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Monday 18 December 2017

Teen had ¤40k drugs in bag

A 14-year-old boy, who was forced to store €40,000 worth of cannabis to pay off a debt, could be spared a custodial sentence, a judge indicated.

The boy, now aged 15, has pleaded guilty at the Dublin Children's Court to possessing the cannabis, which was found in his school bag, in his bedroom, in June last year. Gardai believe he was minding the drugs for another person.

Judge Ann Ryan noted he was accepting help and a welfare report recommended placing him on supervised probation instead of a custodial sentence.

She said: "I prefer to put it back for six months before I make that order."



Fasting 'can beat cancer'

Going without food for short periods may combat cancer and boost the effectiveness of treatments, a study suggests.

Fasting on its own slowed the growth and spread of tumours in mice, scientists found. When it was combined with chemo-therapy, some serious cancers were cured.

Doctors warn that fasting can be dangerous for patients who have already lost a lot of weight or are affected by other risk factors, such as diabetes.



Quake building 'sub-standard'

A six-storey building that collapsed and killed 115 people during last year's New Zealand earthquake did not meet construction standards, says a government report.

It was held up by weak columns, it said, but the building's designer disagreed and called the report "technically inadequate".

The Canterbury Television building in Christchurch fell into a smouldering heap during the magnitude-6.1 earthquake on February 22.



Three cleared of gang rape

THREE men have been acquitted of gang raping a pregnant woman in her home.

One of the men was found guilty of assaulting her partner before the rape was alleged to have taken place. He will be sentenced for that attack next week.

The men hugged and congratulated each other after the verdicts were read out in a Dublin court.

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