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Burglar wore a sombrero hat

A REPEAT burglar who was caught by gardai in a school wearing a sombrero hat and holding a 'My Favourite Teacher' mug has been given a last chance at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

Judge Martin Nolan said it was clear that Darren Osborne was a "persistent burglar" but not violent.

Judge Nolan sentenced Osborne to two years in prison which he suspended for two years.

Osborne (40) of Loughshallagh, Clonee, Co Meath, pleaded guilty to burglary of the school in Littlepace, Clonee on July 7, 2010.

Garda John Mulcahy told the court that he found Osborne in the school wearing the sombrero and carrying a bag, which contained mobile phones which the students had collected to send onto to third world charities.



O'Neal admits drug driving

GRIFFIN O'NEAL, the son of actor Ryan O'Neal, has pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of drugs stemming from a crash that injured another motorist.

O'Neal pleaded guilty yesterday to driving under the influence and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Prosecutors say O'Neal was on drugs on August 2, when he veered into oncoming traffic in San Diego.



US teen held in Egypt protest

AN American teenager arrested in a Cairo protest was an idealist who got caught up in the pro-democracy movement in Egypt, his mother said.

Derrik Sweeney (19) a student at Georgetown University was arrested along with Luke Gates (21) and Gregory Porter (19).

An Egyptian official said the trio were throwing firebombs at security forces.

Mr Sweeney's mother Joy said her son "got caught up in the whole college-change-the-world mentality, and believes in democracy strongly."



Youngsters live on junk food

MANY youngsters are living on a diet of junk food and failing to eat enough fruit and veg, a survey suggests.

Almost a third of secondary-age pupils (29pc) eat sweets, crisps and chocolate three or more times a day.

Nearly nine in ten (88pc) are not eating five portions of fruit a day, the poll found.


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