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Gran and teen burgled OAP Boy stole to pay for drugs Police pay for groom's death Death of actor Chaykin at 61

A woman with 22 grandchildren who distracted an 80-year-old homeowner while her accomplice stole handbags and cash has received a two year sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Kathleen Cash (51) claimed she was distributing church leaflets so Churchtown resident Shiela Garvey would open the door, letting a hidden teenager rush through to steal items, the court heard.

Cash, of Boot Road, Clondalkin, admitted burglary on December 6, 2007. She has 35 previous convictions.

A judge sentenced her to three years, with the last year suspended.

Boy stole to

pay for drugs

A 15-year-old boy, who stole to pay for drugs from head shops, has been released under supervised probation for six months.

The north Dublin teenager had pleaded guilty at the Children's Court to theft of a mobile phone on April 6 at Wellington Quay. He had also admitted stealing a handbag on O'Connell Bridge, on March 23.

The boy had been given bail in June and remanded for a probation report. Yesterday, a judge imposed a six-month probation bond on the boy.

Police pay for

groom's death

The city of New York agreed to pay more than $7m to settle a civil lawsuit stemming from the fatal 50-bullet police shooting of an unarmed man on his wedding day.

The settlement pays $3.25m to the estate of Sean Bell, who was killed in 2006 outside a strip club in Queens while leaving his stag party.

The city agreed to pay $3m to Joseph Guzman and $900,000 to Trent Benefield, both of whom were wounded in the shooting.

Death of actor Chaykin at 61

Canadian actor Maury Chaykin has died at the age of 61.

His manager Paul Hemrend said Chaykin died at a Toronto hospital surrounded by family on his birthday.

Chaykin had roles in Dances With Wolves, The Postman, Owning Mahoney, Mystery, Alaska, A Life Less Ordinary, and The Adjuster. He was also in TV shows CSI, Boston Legal and the HBO series Entourage.