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Mum dodged cigarette tax

A mother-of-three has been given a suspended sentence in lieu of a fine for evading tax on cigarettes and tobacco products which she said were for her family.

Roseleen Mary Hayden (49), of Moneymore, Drogheda, Co Louth, admitted evading tax on 18,740 cigarettes worth €7,808 at Dublin Airport on October 3, 2010.

Hayden, who was stopped at customs, said she bought the cigarettes in Tenerife at a cost of €600.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard they would be worth €23,426.88 with duty applied. Judge Tony Hunt gave her a two-year sentence, but suspended it for five years.

Abused girl (9) had her baby

A man has been sentenced to life in prison for impregnating a nine-year-old Haitian girl who gave birth to the baby.

Fede Datilus (33) was sentenced in Palm Beach, Florida, earlier this week for the 2009 crime.

The girl gave birth when she was 10. She told a counsellor that she was afraid of being returned to Haiti if she revealed the abuse.

Mexico repeals adultery laws

The Mexican Senate has repealed part of a law that made adultery an offence punishable by two years in prison.

Senators voted with 69 in favour and one abstention to get rid of a statute they said was never enforced.

The leftist Democratic Revolution Party said the law was part of a legal construct that historically allowed men to hold women as property.