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Banned driver sent to prison

A YOUNG man caught driving while banned for 20 years has told a court he has been addicted to heroin since he was 13 and wasn't thinking clearly when he got behind the wheel of his car.

Thomas Ward (23) begged a judge not to send him to jail, saying he is now clean from heroin.

Ward, of Kimmage Manor Way, Whitehall Road, Dublin, admitted before Tallaght District Court to driving without insurance or a driving licence. He was jailed for five months. The incident took place in Tallaght on June 20 last year. Recognisances were set for an appeal.

'Mercy mission' brother off road

A FATHER-of-two drove his girlfriend's car so he could go to comfort his sister who had just been diagnosed with a serious illness, a court heard.

Francis Griffin (32) apologised for his behaviour, saying he knew what he did was foolish but that he just wanted to comfort his sister.

He was fined €1,200 and banned him from driving for six months. Griffin, of Adare Road, Coolock, admitted before Swords District Court to driving without insurance, a driving licence or NCT certificate.

The incident took place on May 2 last year.

Soldier shown in Iraqi abuse

A US soldier is being investigated for a "disgraceful" video on his Facebook page taunting Iraqi children by asking if they are gay, engage in sex acts and if they would grow up to be terrorists.

The two young boys did not appear to understand the questions but smiled at the camera and at times flashed the "thumbs-up" gestures during the 30-second clip.

Movie horror house for sale

The house made famous in the 1979 film The Amityville Horror is up for sale in New York -- ghosts not included.

The five-bedroom Dutch colonial went on the market for $1.15m (€935,000).

The film is based on the story of the Lutz family's brief stay in the house in 1975 after six members of the DeFeo family were shot dead as they slept in the home. The eldest son, Ronald DeFeo, was convicted of the murders.