Ill man avoids jail for cannabis

A CHRONICALLY ill man has avoided a jail term after he told gardai the 46 cannabis plants he was growing were for his personal use.

Igor Fabris (33) was found with the plants, lighting, growing tents and other cultivation equipment in the back bedroom of his home. He said he has Crohn's disease and cannabis helps with the pain.

Judge Desmond Hogan noted Fabris suffers from a "serious and painful condition" and that a jail term would be "unduly harsh".

He imposed a three-year term, suspended for three years. Fabris, of The Heights, Melrose, Kinsealy, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to cultivating cannabis and possession of cannabis for sale or supply on May 14, 2005.

¤230k of coke found in van

A MAN has been jailed for five years for transporting almost €230,000 of cocaine.

Darragh Cooke (24) was stopped by gardai driving a Fiat van in which a box of 3.26kg of cocaine was found.

Cooke, of Corduff Grove, Blanchardstown, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of €228,480 worth of cocaine on the North Circular Road on July 4, 2011.

Judge Martin Nolan said he was satisfied that Cooke was transporting drugs for a third party to pay a debt.

Rodman's child support case

EX-basketball player Dennis Rodman has been told he could face up to 20 days in jail unless he pays $860,000 (¤644,000) in child support.

Rodman appeared in court and sentencing was postponed until May.

Rodman's third wife, Michelle, claims he owes a fortune in child support.

But Rodman's lawyer says he has never missed a payment and owes nowhere near the $860,000 amount.

Cancer all-clear for ex president

BRAZILIAN former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's cancerous tumour has been successfully treated, a hospital said.

Doctors found the tumour in Mr Silva's throat late last year. He has since undergone chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

Mr Silva was president of Brazil for eight years.