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Garda's death threat in court

A MAN has been sentenced for threatening to kill a garda in a court while he was being jailed for a similar offence.

Joseph Beacom (28) has a history of making violent threats when drunk.

During the incident he called Garda Ciaran O'Neill a "dead man" and a "lying scumbag" and made cut-throat gestures at him while the court was sitting.

Beacom of Kilmahuddrick Lawn, Clondalkin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to threatening a garda on October 21, 2010 in Court 14 at the Criminal Courts of Justice.

Judge Martin Nolan imposed a two-year sentence, suspended for three years. He is due for release from his current sentence in September 2012. The court heard he has four convictions for threatening behaviour and assault.

Boy (13) in OAP mugging case

A 13-YEAR-OLD boy mugged an elderly woman of her old age pension just after she collected it, a court heard.

The boy, now aged 14, was charged at the Children's Court with robbing the 68-year-old woman of ¤230, in south Dublin in March.

Garda Niall Gaynor told Judge Clare Leonard it was alleged that the teen "robbed a handbag off a lady as she was walking home from the post office".

Judge Leonard remanded the boy on bail to appear again in January.

Vitamin D cuts risk of death

IN people with low vitamin D, boosting them with supplements more than halved a person's risk of dying from any cause compared to someone who remained deficient, in a large new study.

Analysing data on more than 10,000 patients, University of Kansas researchers found that 70pc were deficient in vitamin D, and were at significantly higher risk for a variety of diseases including heart disease.