AN HONOURS schoolboy, who dropped out and got into crack cocaine dealing after he developed a cannabis addiction, has been sentenced to nine months' probation.
The 17-year-old boy pleaded guilty to possessing crack cocaine worth €500 for sale or supply, at the South Circular Road, in Dublin, on a date in February last year.
However, Judge John O'Connor noted yesterday that the teenager had turned his life around and had also done work to help other troubled young people.
The judge ordered the teenager, who is now taking part in a training course, to continue to accept guidance from the Probation Service to address his offending for the next nine months.
DUTCH ATHLETE'S BODY IS FOUND
SPANISH police have found two bodies they believe to be those of a missing former Dutch national volleyball star and her boyfriend.
Three suspects have been arrested over the apparent killing of the couple.
The bodies were found in a lemon grove in Murcia, southern Spain, on Sunday and "all signs indicated" they are those of Ingrid Visser (35) and her partner, Lodewijk Severein (57), Spanish authorities said.
The corpses were buried at a shallow depth.
SEVEN KILLED IN ROAD MUDSLIDE
A rain-soaked hillside has collapsed onto a major highway, killing seven people north of Mexico City.
Officials said the victims were travelling in two vehicles when the hillside collapsed between Mexico City and Queretaro.
The dead range in age from nine to 71 years, while the injured include a 3-year-old girl and 7-year-old boy.
TONIGHT SHOW DRUMMER DIES
ED Shaughnessy, the jazz drummer who for nearly three decades anchored the rhythm section of Doc Severinsen's Tonight Show band, has died in Southern California. He was 84.
The New Jersey native began his jazz career as a teenager, playing with jazz legends such as Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman and Count Basie.
He replaced Buddy Rich in Tommy Dorsey's band.