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'I sold drugs to pay mortgage'

A Dublin man who was dealing cocaine in an effort to pay his "crippling" mortgage debts has been sentenced to five years in jail.

Jonathan Sergeant (30) of Broombridge Road, Cabra, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of the drug, worth €44,000, with intent to supply at his home.

The court heard that on October 10, 2010, gardai found 631 grammes of cocaine in a search at Sergeant's home.

Remy Farrell, defending, said Sergeant became involved in the drugs trade in an effort to meet his "crippling" monthly mortgage repayments of €1,200.

Judge Nolan adjourned the sentence until Sergeant completes drug treatment.

Cowell makes

Twitter debut

Simon Cowell has boasted that he is more popular than his fellow US X Factor judges after joining the Twitterati.

The music mogul racked up more than 150,000 followers in just 10 hours and quickly started bragging to judges Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger and LA Reid that he was winning in the popularity stakes.

He also quickly began sparring with former America's Got Talent judge Piers Morgan, known for his Twitter rows with Alan Sugar.

Morgan tweeted: "Save your breath Simon, nobody's watching X Factor, my show's about to start."

Cowell hit back: "Look up the word deluded in your dictionary."