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Father may pay for teen's crime

SENTENCING of a teenage boy for theft of nearly €4,000 worth of copper cabling has been adjourned further pending a hearing to decide if his accomplice father should pay compensation.

At the Dublin Children's Court in January, Judge Clare Leonard criticised the father, saying he was responsible for the boy facing a conviction.

The boy (17) has pleaded guilty at the Children's Court to trespassing and theft of €3,800 worth of copper cabling at an Eircom depot, on Santry Avenue, in north Dublin, on June 18, 2008. He was aged 15 at the time.

Victim unable to concentrate

A boy who allegedly injured a man during an assault in Dun Laoghaire was further remanded in custody at the Dublin Children's Court yesterday.

Gardai have only been able to take short statements from the complainant, who received a head injury and finds it difficult to concentrate, the court heard.

The 17-year-old boy had been charged earlier with assault causing harm to the man, at Marine Road in Dun Laoghaire on July 10 last and was refused bail.

Ex-slave soldier gets new grave

The headstone of a former US slave and Union soldier no longer identifies him as a member of the pro-slavery Confederate army.

More than 100 of Samuel Brown Sr's surviving descendants and US Civil War buffs in period dress gathered at Vallejo's Sunrise Memorial Cemetery for the dedication of his new headstone.

Brown was born into slavery in Georgia in 1833. He joined the Union Army after he was emancipated and served for about one year. How the 90-year-old was buried under a Confederate headstone at the northern California cemetery remains unknown.