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€2.5m for brain injury at birth

A BOY who allegedly suffered a brain injury at birth has secured €2.5m in a High Court settlement.

The proceedings by Gary Smith (11), suing through his mother Siobhan Smith, of Ely Crescent, Firhouse, Dublin, were against the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, Dublin.

The court heard the umbilical cord was tight around the baby's neck at birth, effectively strangling the child causing near a near total lack of oxygen.

Mr Justice Paul Butler approved the settlement.



Acquittal for rape accused

A MAN accused of the rape and sexual assault of a woman with a history of mental illness has been acquitted by a Central Criminal Court jury.

The jury failed to reach a verdict on further counts of sexual assault and trespass with intent to commit sexual assault. The 31-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Mr Justice Liam McKechnie thanked the jury of five men and seven women for their "painstaking" deliberations.



$20k hidden in Pringles can

A California man charged in a $100m (€80.6m) mortgage fraud investigation is accused of trying to ship $20,000 to a fugitive -- inside a Pringles crisp canister.

A federal grand jury in Sacramento indicted 30-year-old Remy Heng for bulk cash smuggling.

The US attorney said Heng was trying to send the money to Garret Gililland, a central figure in the investigation, who fled to Spain in 2008. Authorities intercepted the can.



Vigil for miners killed in blast

Relatives held a resigned vigil outside a coal mine in northwestern Colombia yesterday, where dozens of miners were trapped and feared dead after an explosion that killed at least 16 workers.

The fiery blast at the San Fernando mine, believed to have been caused by a methane gas buildup, occurred in an access tunnel that is about 2km long and drops to a depth of 150m.

There were 70 to 80 workers in the mine.


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