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Valium import man sent to jail

A Wicklow man who set up a bogus company to import valium so he could self-medicate to get off heroin has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.

Martin Forsyth (37) of Conna Wood Crescent, Connaught Road, Bray pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of drugs for sale or supply at Woodbrook Glen, Bray and importation of the drugs, on October 4, 2010.

Garda Gary Dunne told Derek Cooney, prosecuting, that a package was intercepted at Portlaoise mail office on October 1, 2010. It was addressed to Forsyth and was later delivered to his then home, where he signed for it.

Three days later both gardai and custom officers searched the house and discovered two packages containing 10,528 tablets valued at €21,056.

Gda Dunne said Forsyth later admitted that he had set up a company in order to buy the drugs from Pakistan.

He later advertised the valium online and supplied them to a "UK source".

Christmas fire deaths ruling

A Connecticut prosecutor says he will not file criminal charges related to a Christmas morning fire that killed three girls and their grandparents.

The fire, which killed seven-year-old twins Grace and Sarah Badger, Lily Badger (9) and grandparents Lomer and Pauline Johnson, was started by embers in a bag of discarded fireplace ashes. The girls' mother and a friend escaped.