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Sunday 17 December 2017

Three jailed for Mountjoy riot

Three men have been sentenced for their part in an outbreak of violence in Mountjoy prison in which groups of prisoners armed with sticks and makeshift weapons attacked each other.

Jonathan Kenny (28), Sean Keogh (23) and Mark Fagan (23) pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to violent disorder at Mountjoy Prison on December 27, 2009.

The court heard that among the instigators of the violence was Leroy Dumbrell and that the three accused were "followers not leaders".

A group of 15 to 20 prisoners jumped over a metal mesh gate to get from one part of the B division landing onto another. Three prison officers and one inmate were injured during the violence that followed.

Judge Martin Nolan imposed a 12-month prison sentence for each of the men, to be served consecutive to their current sentences.



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Obama stunt cop demoted

A veteran police sergeant has been demoted and suspended for two weeks without pay for posting a photo of a bullet-riddled image of President Barack Obama on Facebook.

Officials in the Phoenix suburb of Peoria, Arizona, said Pat Shearer, who has been a police officer for 25 years, would be demoted to the rank of officer.

The photo on his Facebook profile showed seven teenagers, some holding guns and one holding what appeared to be a shot-up Obama T-shirt.



Scrubs Zach's play is slated

Scrubs star Zach Braff's first foray into the West End has opened to a cool reception from critics.

The American actor wrote and appears in All New People at the Duke of York's theatre in London, in which he plays a suicidal thirtysomething, after the show's successful run in New York.

Libby Purves, for the Times, gave it one out of five stars, calling it "the most aimless, pointless, immature play I have ever seen".

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