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¤27k awarded to ship worker

A SHORE worker whose right arm was injured while releasing quay ropes on a ship in Dublin, has been awarded just under €27,000 damages in the Circuit Civil Court.

David Murphy, of Bremen Road, Ringsend, Dublin, was slipping the lines to allow a ferry to leave North Wall Quay, Dublin, in November 2009, when his hand and elbow were injured.

Mr Murphy's employer -- Norfolkline Irish Sea Ferry Services, -- denied negligence.

Judge Jacqueline Linnane awarded him €26,899.

Noriega faces extradition

A FRENCH court ruled that former dictator Manuel Noriega can be extradited to Panama to serve time for past crimes, more than 20 years after being ousted and arrested in a US invasion.

The elderly former Panamanian strongman has not seen his homeland in more than two decades after spending years behind bars in Florida on drug charges, and in France for money laundering.

Panama wants Noriega, who is in his 70s, returned to serve prison terms.

Four died in grenade attack

ASSAILANTS in the restive southern Philippines threw a grenade into a village house as the occupants gathered to watch TV, killing four people, including an eight-year-old.

About a dozen other people were taken to hospital in the attack in Midsayap township in North Cotabato province.

Hours later, attackers on a motorcycle threw a hand grenade in front of a high school in nearby Tacurong city, wounding two people.

Florist robbed by 'scumbag'

A HEROIN addict, who described himself as a 'scumbag' in garda interview, has been sentenced for robbing a CoMeath florist armed with an imitation handgun.

Abban O'Hanlon was still on the scene when gardai arrived as he was being held down by the florist's partner. His takings from the robbery, €35, was scattered around him and he had a knife hidden up his sleeve.

He had earlier threatened the owner with an imitation gun and demanded cash.

He was sentenced to three years in prison, the final 20 months were suspended.