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Drug smuggler gets five years

A SPANISH man who smuggled €150,000 of cannabis into Ireland to pay for his daughter's medical treatment has been sentenced to five years at Dublin Circuit Criminal court.

Asier Eizguirre (35) of Iturribarrondo, Mungia in Vizcaya, pleaded guilty to possession of the drugs at Dublin Airport on August 22, 2009. He was to receive €500 to deliver the drugs.

Judge Joseph Matthews said it was a very sad case and noted that Eizaguirre would face a difficult time in jail as he speaks no English.

Burglar 'preyed on the elderly'

A MAN who preyed on "vulnerable elderly people" and burgled their homes has been given a three-year sentence with the final year suspended.

Michael Patrick O'Brien (28), of Kylemore Grove, Ballyfermot, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two counts of burglary at Dodder Park Road and to trespassing at Goatstown Road on 21 January 2008.

"You preyed on vulnerable old people," said Judge Frank O'Donnell imposing strict conditions on the suspended final year.

Dutch novel scoops award

The debut novel of a Dutch author has been awarded a prestigious Irish literary award which took nominations from all over the world.

The Twin by Gerbrand Bakker, translated from Dutch by David Colmer, scooped the International Impac Dublin Literary Award from a shortlist of eight novels.

The prize of €100,000 is the largest prize for a single novel. The Twin beat off competition from 155 other titles, nominated by 163 public libraries from 43 countries.

Suspect denies actor's kidnap

A man has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping actor Jeremy London and forcing him to use drugs.

Brandon Adams (26) of Palm Springs, remained jailed accused of kidnapping and theft, said Michael Jeandron, a district attorney's spokesman.

London, who appeared on TV's 7th Heaven and Party of Five, was kidnapped while changing a flat tyre on June 10.