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Teen on trial for imprisonment

A YOUTH will stand trial over the false imprisonment of a young couple during a burglary in north Dublin in April.

The Botanic Avenue house was burgled on April 27 last and one of the occupants, a 21-year-old man, was allegedly taken in his car to withdraw money from cash machines.

Ben Kelly (18), of Tiara House in Milltown, Piltown in Kilkenny, had been charged at Dublin Children's Court with robbing an iPod, a DVD player, speakers and a phone.

In August, four additional charges were brought against him for burglary while in possession of a knife, false imprisonment of the man and his partner and theft of a mobile phone.

Judge Clare Leonard yesterday sent the teenager forward for trial at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.



Steve Martin's book of tweets

STEVE MARTIN'S tweets are coming out in book form.

The comedian tweeted yesterday: "Due to absolutely no demand, soon I'm publishing a book of my tweets."

The Ten, Make That Nine, Habits Of Very Organised People. Make That Ten -- will be released by Grand Central Publishing in June 2012.

Profits will be donated to charity.



Wife stole cat from MP's lover

A BRITISH MP's wife will be sentenced today for snatching a kitten from the home of her husband's long-term lover.

Christine Hemming (53) from Birmingham, was convicted of burglary at the city's Crown Court last month.

She had denied the charge but was found guilty after jurors watched CCTV footage of her taking the cat from the home of Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming's mistress.

Hemming stole four-month-old Beauty a few days after separating from her husband last September.



Manilow gift to storm schools

SINGER-songwriter Barry Manilow has given musical instruments worth $300,000 (¤211,000) to schools hit by a tornado.

The instruments were delivered yesterday to schools in Joplin, Missouri, which were hit by a tornado last spring.

The May 22 tornado killed more than 160 people and destroyed homes, businesses and schools.