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€8,600 theft case adjourned

A FORMER Dublin letting agent employee who stole more than €8,600 from tenants has had his sentence adjourned to see if he is eligible for community service.

Jonathan Chubb (35), of Keeper Road, Drimnagh, told gardai he had intended to pay the money back and had stolen it to deal short term with his own financial difficulties.

Chubb pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to 11 charges of stealing rent money totalling €8,660 at Douglas Newman Good, Leeson Park, Ranelagh and Coldwell Banker Estates, Main Street, Dundrum between July 16 and December 19, 2012. He has previous convictions for minor road traffic offences.

Funeral for tot and tragic mum

The funeral of a mother and newborn baby found dead after going missing from a maternity hospital took place yesterday. They were buried in the same coffin.

Charlotte Bevan (30) vanished from St Michael's Hospital in Bristol with four-day-old Zaani Tiana Bevan Malbrouck at around 9pm on December 2.

Search teams located the bodies of Ms Bevan and Zaani, both from Clifton, Bristol, on the Avon Gorge on December 3 and 4 respectively.

Post 9/11 wars cost US $1.6tn

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and counterterrorism operations have cost the US a combined $1.6 trillion since the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Through fiscal 2014, which ended in September, Congress approved $815bn for warfare in Iraq, $686bn for Afghanistan and other operations against terrorism, $81bn for other war-designated spending and $27bn for Noble Eagle air patrols over the US.

Scientists find brain's compass

Scientists believe they have found the part of the brain which acts as an "internal compass" and makes some people better at navigating than others.

Researchers from University College London (UCL) found "homing" signals in the brain which help determine a person's ability to work out which way they need to go in relation to the direction they are facing.