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Uncle admits abusing girls

A pensioner who admitted sexually abusing his five-year- old nieces 30 years ago has been given a suspended sentence after a judge said he is "medically unsuitable" for prison.

The 69-year-old Dublin man pleaded guilty to six charges of the indecent assault of the two victims at a house in Dublin between January 1970 and December 1980.

Mr Justice Paul Carney registered the man a sex offender and ordered that he enter a €1,000 12-month bond to have no contact with his victims and that he pay €7,334 in compensation to the women.

Thieves grab

€120k watch

Police are searching for a gang of thieves who approached a stranger to shake his hand -- before stealing his €120,000 watch from his wrist.

The 40-year-old victim was approached by the group of three or four men in Mayfair, central London.

The men, in their mid-20s, shook the victim's hand before one of the suspects managed to remove the watch from his wrist and ran off.

The Breguet Tourbillon watch is one of only 60 in existence.

Fresh hopes of Priory Hall deal

RESIDENTS of the Priory Hall apartments in Dublin are to consider a proposal by Dublin City Council to enter a resolution process chaired by a retired judge, the Supreme Court has heard.

The Supreme Court was due to hear an appeal next Tuesday against orders made by the the High Court last October directing the council to assume responsibility and pay the accommodation costs for the evacuated residents.

If the resolution process goes ahead, it is hoped that it will involve not just the residents and the council but also lending institutions.

Pensioner loses legs in beating

A man has been jailed for 15 years after an attack that left a pensioner so badly injured he had to have his legs amputated.

Bartolomej Makula (34), from Bradford, England, attacked 66-year-old Keith Alder outside his Bradford home as he was returning from a night out last year.