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Uncle guilty of sex crimes

A DUBLIN man has been convicted of repeatedly sexual abusing his niece while she was aged between six and 14.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had pleaded not guilty to 17 counts of sexual assault, four counts of rape, one of oral rape and two of anal rape against the girl between September 1998 and December 2005.

The jury convicted him on all charges. Mr Justice McCarthy registered the man as a sex offender and ordered a victim impact report.

He then remanded him in custody until his sentence date on April 4.



Builder admits fatal mistake

A building company has admitted breaches of health and safety regulations following a fatal accident four years ago.

Clive Moutray, a director of G&T Crampton Ltd, with an address at Ballintaggart House, Clonskeagh Road, Dublin, pleaded guilty on its behalf.

The company admitted that on January 18, 2007, at Charlestown, Finglas, it failed to close part of the premises such as to present a risk of injury from falling scaffolding boards in the accident in which Edward Fowler later died.

The case was adjourned at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court until July.



Actress gets a bad break

Actress Donna Air has been forced to pull out of a new theatre production after breaking her leg.

Former Casualty and The Bill star Sarah Manners has stepped in to save the play, The Watcher, which begins later this month in London.

Air was involved in an accident more than a week ago and it had been hoped she could be able to continue.



Masterchef finger horror

A MasterChef contestant diced with disaster and almost put his day job as a professional cellist in jeopardy -- after slicing off the top of his finger.

Classical cellist Kennedy Leitch (33) lopped off the end of the middle finger of his left hand with a potato peeler.

Medics had to glue the skin back on after his nasty ordeal, which will be seen tonight in the BBC1 show.