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Stab attacker avoids prison

A MAN who stabbed another man out of fear due to threats and intimidation has been given a suspended sentence.

Eoin Haskins (31), of Gleanntan, Loughlinstown, pleaded guilty to assaulting Noel Blake at Loughlinstown Forest, Loughlinstown Wood, Loughlinstown, on January 26, 2010.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court was told that gardai arrived at the wooded area and found both Haskins and his victim with serious injuries.

Both were taken to hospital in a critical condition where they remained for a considerable time.

Haskins received a five-year suspended prison term.

Detective Garda Kieran Murphy of Shankill Garda Station told the court that the victim did not make a statement to gardai.

Teenage boy

found hanged

Tributes have been paid to a teenage boy found hanged at his home.

The body of the 14-year-old, named by friends on Facebook as Keiran Stott, was discovered at his house in Stockton, Teesside, in north-east England.

Cleveland police said there were no suspicious circumstances.

A Facebook page called R.I.P. Keiran Stott was set up and posters have left tributes to the teenager.

One writer suggested he may have been a victim of bullying, although it is understood police have not found any evidence to back up that claim.