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Youth guilty of knife robbery

A YOUTH has been given a six-month sentence after he was found guilty of a frenzied stabbing attack on a Chinese delivery man in Dublin.

Jody Boland (18) of Lindisfarne Grove in Clondalkin, denied assault causing harm and attempted robbery of the man, at Lealand Walk, in Clondalkin, in Dublin, on October 29, 2009.

The victim was stabbed about four times to his chest and his arm was also cut as he tried to protect himself, the Children's Court heard.

Judge Aeneas McCarthy convicted the teenager and imposed three concurrent six month sentences.

The teenager was released pending appeal.

Porsche scam hits soccer star

A car dealer has been found guilty of defrauding Premier League footballer John Carew.

Richard Esprit was unanimously convicted of two counts of fraud and two of theft after a court in Birmingham heard he failed to supply Carew with a Porsche Cayenne Gemballa.

The Aston Villa striker, who is currently on loan to Premier League rivals Stoke City, told Esprit's trial he paid £100,000 for the Porsche but never received the car.

Boy (16) claims mystery piano

A 16-year-old looking to beef up his college application says he's responsible for the grand piano that mysteriously showed up on a sandbar in Miami's Biscayne Bay.

Nicholas Harrington -- son of Burn Notice production designer J Mark Harrington -- planned to make a promotional video using the piano.

The plan went awry on New Year's Eve when partygoers lowered it into a canal and set it on fire. The next day, the family placed it on a 22ft fishing boat and dumped it on the sandbar.

The teen says he is "super happy" about the attention the piano has received.

15 killed in Iraq

funeral bomb

At least 15 people were killed and 29 wounded in Iraq when a car bomb was detonated at a funeral in a mainly Shiite area of Baghdad.

It was the latest in more than a week of bombings that have killed nearly 200 people, raising concerns about a surge in violence as the US military prepares to withdraw from the country.