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Saturday 16 December 2017

Youth (19) had heroin for sale

A DUBLIN youth has been given a six-month suspended sentence for heroin dealing.

The then 17-year-old had been arrested following a search of his home on March 22 last year.

The accused, Paul Baitson, of Marewood Drive, Ballymun, had turned 18 and had reached adulthood by the time his case first came to court and he was found guilty in May this year of possessing heroin, with a street value of about €340, for the purpose of sale or supply to another, a charge he had denied.

Now aged 19, he appeared again at the Dublin Children's Court yesterday and Judge John O'Connor said a pre-sentence probation report stated the youth, who has prior convictions, was "a high risk of re-offending in the next 12 months".

Station hit with watershed fine

A broadcaster has been fined €126,700 by UK Regulator Ofcom for screening graphic depictions of "extreme violence" including torture, a child murder and dismemberment of a corpse with a circular saw hours before the watershed.

The scenes, screened in the morning and afternoon during school holidays, were shown over several days by the Investigation Discovery channel last year.

The scenes featured in a documentary series called Deadly Women, which examines real-life murder cases, with eight of the 60-minute episodes found to have breached broadcasting rules.

Crime degree for ex-criminal

A WOMAN with more than 50 convictions has been awarded a degree - in criminology.

Natalie Atkinson (25), from Lancaster, went off the rails at 12 and became addicted to drugs. She was voted Student of the Year by the National Union of Students and won a place at the London School of Economics.

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