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Dad denies abusing child

THE family of a woman who alleged she was repeatedly indecently assaulted as a child by her father has claimed that the man admitted the abuse about 16 years ago.

The 62-year-old Carlow resident, who can not be named for legal reasons, has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to four counts of indecent assault against his daughter in Co Kildare on dates between November 1981 and March 1984.

The now 41-year-old complainant was aged between 12 and 15 years old during the alleged offences.

The trial continues.

Shop worker robbed €8k

A SHOP assistant, who stole more than €8,000 from her employer believing it would be donated to an African orphanage after being tricked by an internet scam, has been remanded on bail pending sentence.

Mother-of-five Lorraine Byrne (49) of Windmill Avenue, in Crumlin, Dublin, pleaded guilty to six counts of theft of various sums, totalling €8,665, from October 22 until December 12, 2008, from a Spar shop, where she had worked for a number of years.

Her lawyer said Byrne had been "naive" but stressed that she had made great efforts to put the money back into the shop's till.

Man hit pilots in New Year party

A man who punched two Aer Lingus pilots at a pub while celebrating New Year's Eve has been ordered to complete community service instead of a prison sentence.

Judge Katherine Delahunt accepted that Eoghan Fitzmaurice (26) had made efforts to address his self-confessed alcohol problem and noted he had €8,000 in court as compensation.

She imposed 240 hours of community service in lieu of a two-year sentence and ordered he refrain from abusing alcohol.

Fitzmaurice, of South Hill, Sutton, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting Mr Noonan and Mr Landy at Sky Bar, Harbour Road, Howth on January 1, 2008.