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Man jailed for abusing sister

A Man with a "horrific childhood" has been sentenced to jail for the sexual abuse of his sister (9).

The court heard the then 16-year-old boy carried out the abuse because he had no sexual education and did not realise what he was doing was wrong. He was badly beaten as a child by his alcoholic father.

The now 20-year-old, who cannot be named to protect the victim, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to sexual assault of his sister in Cork between June 1, 2006 and September 1, 2008. Mr Justice Paul Carney imposed a five year term with the final two and half years suspended.

Gun accused faces adult trial

A TEENAGE boy shot two men with an "improvised firearm" and attacked others with a stick during rioting at Dublin's Smithfield horse fair in March, a court heard yesterday.

The 17-year-old had been remanded in custody earlier after he was charged at the Dublin Children's Court with violent disorder and unlawful possession of an "improvised firearm" in connection with the shooting on March 6.

The case was adjourned for two weeks when the boy is to be served with a book of evidence and sent forward for trial to the Circuit Court.

Brothers up on car charges

TWO brothers accused of unlawfully seizing a car, driving it in a dangerous manner and then failing to stop for gardai have been sent forward for trial.

John Collins (29), of Avilla Park in Finglas, was allegedly the driver of the stolen Wicklow-registered vehicle, while his brother Bernard (26), Ashbrook, Clogherboy, Navan, Co Meath, was a passenger in it.

The pair are facing trial by judge and jury in the Circuit Court after the DPP ruled the matters were too serious for the District Court.

The defendants appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with unlawfully seizing a vehicle at Ballycoolin Road in Blanchardstown on January 5 last.