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Boy charged on iPhone theft

A 17-YEAR-OLD boy has been accused of stealing a woman's smartphone after he slipped out late at night for takeaway.

The boy was charged at the Children's Court with stealing an iPhone worth €400, in Summerhill, north Dublin, on Saturday night.

Garda Eoin Treacy said the boy had been spotted with a group of 10 youths.

John Quinn, defending, said the boy, who has not yet entered a plea, disputed the claims he had been with a group of youths.

"He had to go to the chipper and could not avoid them," the solicitor said, "he was due to collect a curry."

Judge Coghlan remanded the youth in custody to appear again next week.

Teen on trial for burglary

A TEENAGER is to face trial next month in connection with a burglary of the home of a man in his 90s.

The boy (17) has pleaded not guilty at the Dublin Children's Court to burglary, which allegedly occurred at the elderly man's home, in Howth, in north Dublin, on October 12 last.

His trial was due to begin yesterday, however State solicitor Mary Kate Halpin said the main witness was unwell. Judge Michael Coghlan agreed to the request for an adjournment and set a new trial date of July 17.

BBC drama of Boyd spy novel

DOWNTON Abbey star Michelle Dockery is to join Rufus Sewell and Michael Gambon in a BBC adaptation of best-selling novel Restless.

The two-part film -- based on the book by William Boyd -- will also star Hayley Atwell and Charlotte Rampling.

Director Edward Hall is to dramatise the tale about a female spy who has led a double life for three decades.

Documentary sparked heist

A US man says he was so moved by a documentary on the Great Recession that he decided to rob a bank. Then he drove straight to police and confessed.

Raymond Carl Knudson (50) has pleaded guilty to sticking up a Bank of America branch in April. He said he felt compelled to rob the bank after watching Inside Job. He then carried the $425 (¤339) to the Gresham Police Department, Oregon.