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Robber slashed prisoner's face

A convicted robber who slashed a prison inmate's face with a Stanley blade has been jailed for two years at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Michael Carroll (32), of Oliver Bond House, Dublin 8, had received an eight-year sentence in July 2009 after he raided the same shop three times over three weeks.

Garda Maire Fitzgerald told Ronan Kennedy, prosecuting, at yesterday's sentence hearing that Mountjoy inmate Dean Burke required 36 stitches after Carroll attacked him on May 15, 2009.

Soccer captain jailed for raids

The former captain of a winning Homeless World Cup soccer team has been sentenced to four years for his part in two robberies.

Trevor Curtis, a chronic drug addict, of Sancta Maria Hostel, Charlemont Street, Dublin 2, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two counts of robbery. Judge Desmond Hogan said he would suspend the final 18 months provided Curtis undergoes a drug treatment programme and keeps the peace.

Man admits hijacking car

A man who hijacked a car after threatening the occupant with a lump hammer has been sentenced to 18 months.

Warren Boyle (20), of Kilcronan View, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to unlawfully seizing control of a car using threat or force at Cherrywood Villas, Clondalkin, on May 20, 2009.

Michael Bowman, defending, said that his client wished to apologise for his behaviour. Judge Yvonne Murphy suspended the final nine months of the sentence.

Nine inmates killed in fight

Nine inmates were killed and three wounded in fighting in a prison in Honduras, police in the Central American nation said.

The violence erupted during a confrontation between rival groups using knives and guns at the penitentiary in the northwestern city of San Pedro Sula, a police spokesman said. The incident yesterday was the worst so far this year in the overstretched penal system.