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€39k drug haul of man in debt

A reformed Dublin heroin addict has received a five-year suspended sentence for possessing €39,000 of cannabis resin at his home.

Judge Tony Hunt acknowledged Joseph Martin (41) had agreed to hold the drugs for a third party when he got into debt because he'd been "too embarrassed" to seek financial help from his family after losing his job.

Martin, of Beech Hill Terrace, Donnybrook, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possessing 24 bars of cannabis resin worth €39,380 in a holdall bag at his then rented home at Philipsburg Avenue, Fairview on January 8, 2008. He had two robbery convictions dating back to 1995 and 1987.

Teen accused of fire threat

A 14-year old boy, who allegedly threatened to set fire to a scuba diving boat, was remanded on bail, at the Dublin Children's Court yesterday.

The boy made no reply after he was charged with threatening to cause criminal damage, at the Grand Canal Basin, Dock Road, in Ringsend in Dublin, on August 27 last.

Judge Clare Leonard remanded the boy on bail to appear again next month.

Paxman turns airwaves blue

Veteran journalist Jeremy Paxman was forced to apologise after using a swear word during Newsnight.

The broadcaster read a direct quote from Andrew Rawnsley's book on New Labour which said: "(Gordon) Brown went berserk with Bob Shrum. 'How could you do this to me, Bob?' Brown screamed at a shaking Shrum. 'How could you f**king do this to me?"'

A few minutes later Paxman apologised to viewers for his colourful language.

Footballer on drink charge

Former Liverpool and Manchester City footballer Dietmar Hamann appeared at Trafford Magistrates' Court today, accused of drink-driving.

Hamann (36) of Styal, Cheshire, England was stopped by police on the M56 motorway near his home on July 12 last year.

The former German international midfielder has pleaded not guilty.