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Man jailed for €200k heroin

A MAN has been jailed for five years after almost €200,000 worth of heroin was found in his home.

Gareth Mallon (30) of Lower Sherrif Street, Dublin pleaded guilty to possession of heroin, worth €193,000, for sale or supply at his home on November 29, 2006.

Garda Kevin Lawless told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that Mallon's home was searched following a garda tip off. The drugs were found in his bedroom and before gardai approached him, Mallon said: "I know what you are going to show me".

Mallon claimed he had been given the heroin the day before and no one else in the house knew about it. He said he had been looking after it for someone else and he was to be "paid in kind".

Overseas trips here are down

THE number of trips to Ireland by overseas visitors fell by 1.1pc in the three months to May. Central Statistics Office figures showed show there were 18,000 fewer trips to Ireland between March and May than in the same period in 2011.

Tourism Minister Leo Varadkar said: "Last year we saw growth in overseas visits to Ireland for the first time since 2007. While the figures have been on a par this year, I remain confident that we will see growth in the months ahead."

Student mauled in chimp attack

A US student is in hospital in South Africa after being badly mauled by two chimpanzees who attacked him as he stood close to their enclosure in a sanctuary for abused chimps.

The victim lost several fingers in the attack at the Jane Goodall Institute Chimpanzee Eden near Nelspruit.

Sanctuary director David Oosthuizen said the injured student was working as a guide and was with a group of tourists when he was attacked by two of the larger males, called Mickey and Amadeus.

Deputy PM is guilty of crash

A HUNGARIAN court has found Croatia's deputy prime minister, Radimir Cacic, guilty of causing a fatal car crash and given him a suspended 22-month prison sentence.

The court said Cacic was guilty of killing two people in a car crash in 2010.