In brief: Horse killed in feud
A HORSE has been shot dead as part of a feud between two gangs in north Kildare. The animal was killed by a shotgun blast in a field outside Kilcock on the Clane road yesterday afternoon.
Gardai later intercepted a van near Celbridge. Officers detained five men and took possession of a gun.
Gardai said it was the second time a horse had been shot in an incident linked to the feud in recent months.
THE Court of Criminal Appeal has quashed the convictions of two Wexford men who received sentences for forging the will of elderly farmer Matthew Hayes.
Last February, Noel Hayes (59), of New Ross, Co Wexford, was sentenced to six years with three years suspended and fined €500,000. William O'Leary (50), from Arthurstown, New Ross, was sentenced to three years with 18 months suspended and fined €200,000. The men had denied the charge.
KIDNAP JURY STILL OUT
THE jury in the trial of four men accused of carrying out a tiger kidnapping eight years ago will continue their deliberations today. Christopher Corcoran (66), Mark Farrelly (42), Jason Kavanagh (39) and Alan Costello (50) are charged with imprisoning Paul Richardson, his wife and their two sons on the night of March 13, 2005. They are also charged with robbery of €2.28m in cash.
Mr Corcoran of Bayside Boulevard North, Sutton; Mr Farrelly of Moatview Court, Priorswood, Coolock; Mr Kavanagh of Corduff Avenue, Blanchardstown; and Mr Costello of Cromcastle Road, Coolock have each pleaded not guilty to all charges.
HOPE FOR SHOE SHOPS
SHOE retailer Barratts has received interest from a buyer in several of the chain's stores. Closing-down sales are under way in the British-owned chain, which went into administration in November.
Stores in Kilkenny, Waterford, Athlone, Newbridge and Letterkenny will close this week. "There is one person interested, but only in certain stores," said a spokesman.
AMY TOPS KISS POLL
ACTRESS Amy Huberman has topped a poll as the girl most Irish guys would like to kiss under the mistletoe.
The mother of one and wife of Brian O'Driscoll was a runaway winner in the survey by festive radio station Christmas FM, with 54pc choosing her as their Christmas cracker. 'Voice of Ireland' judge Bressie was voted the man most ladies would like to kiss, with nearly 39pc of the vote.