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Burglar left heroin in house

A BURGLAR was caught by gardaí after he left a bag containing €300 worth of heroin behind in the house he had broken into.

Forensic investigators found Craig McCarthy’s DNA on the plastic bag and on a screwdriver, which were both found in the house after the burglary.

McCarthy (27), of Rossfield Park, Tallaght, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to burglary and possession of drugs at Rose Park, Kill of the Grange, Dublin, on October 31, 2012.

Jewellery, a BMW car, and a laptop were stolen from the house.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring imposed a five-and-a-half-year sentence but suspended the last 18 months.

Dispute slows Amazon sales 

Online retailer Amazon says a dispute between it and publisher Hachette that has made it more difficult to buy Hachette books on the site could drag out. It is even saying that customers should go to its competitors if they need a book published by the major New York publishing house quickly. The e-commerce giant has stopped letting customers pre-order books by Hachette authors, which include JK Rowling, James Patterson and Michael Connelley .

Saudi pledge on death virus

Saudi Arabia is working with international scientific organisations to improve its response to a deadly new virus that has killed 186 people in the kingdom, its acting health minister Adel Fakieh has said.

Fakieh’s comments were in response to a report last week that quoted scientists expressing frustration at Saudi Arabia’s handling of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

Porridge for choc addict

a chocolate addict has been sentenced to five months in one of Colombia’s harshest prisons for swiping €5.80 of chocolate.

Luis Augusto Mora was caught stealing two boxes of Jumbo bars at a Bogota supermarket.

Mora was sentenced to La Picota prison, home to some of the country’s most hardened criminals. He said he would “never again touch a chocolate in my life”.