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Disabled man's bike was stolen

A 17-YEAR-OLD boy is to be sentenced in September for stealing a Parkinson's disease sufferer's customised bicycle.

Parkinson's sufferer David Walsh (45) had used the bicycle to cross America last year.

The almost 5,000km coast- to-coast trek from San Diego to New York raised €6,500 for the Parkinson's Association.

But the customised Claude Butler type bike, worth €800, was taken when his jeep was broken into in Dublin city-centre on August 8 last year.

Now a Dublin youth has pleaded guilty at the Dublin Children's Court to stealing the bike and criminal damage to a window of the jeep.

Judge Clare Leonard adjourned sentencing for a probation report. He will also face sentencing for stealing a phone worth €200 on Henry Street, on March 23, and theft of another mobile phone from a shop in Dublin on April 12.



OAP killed by a crocodile

AN elderly man was killed while trying to rescue his friend from crocodiles in north-west Zimbabwe.

Frank Trott, in his 70s, died after trying to rescue a friend at Charara fishing camp. His friend survived but received wounds to his mid-section and buttocks.

Two crocodiles were shot dead by wildlife rangers after last week's attack.



Warhol's Elvis sells for e28m

ANDY Warhol's Double Elvis sold for nearly $37m (¤28m), while works by Roy Lichtenstein and Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei broke their own records at a New York sale.

Lichtenstein's Sleeping Girl, fetched $44.9m (¤34m), as did Francis Bacon's Figure Writing Reflected in Mirror. Weiwei's one-ton, handmade porcelain Sunflower Seeds brought $782,500 (¤604,095).

Last week, the auction house sold Edvard Munch's The Scream for $119.9m (¤92.5m), making it the most expensive art ever auctioned.



Whitney's mum has new album

WHITNEY Houston's mother has released a new album of gospel tunes.

Cissy Houston's Walk On By Faith was released on iTunes this week and includes songs such as Living Shall Not Be In Vain. It is her first album since 1997.

Whitney was 48 when she drowned in a hotel bath.


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