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Drunk spat out blood on garda

A FORKLIFT driver threatened to "bite the nose off" a garda after he was arrested for fighting outside a restaurant.

Alan Melia (21) was injured during the fight and spat blood into the garda's hair.

A judge said he would leave Melia without a conviction if he takes part in the offender reparation programme.

Melia, of Brookview Gardens in Tallaght, admitted before Tallaght District Court to public drunkenness and threatening and abusive behaviour outside Captain America's restaurant, Tallaght, on January 12.

Rape accused awaits verdict

A jury has begun their deliberations in the trial of a man accused of raping a woman as her boyfriend slept beside her in a hotel room.

The 27-year-old accused has pleaded not guilty to raping the woman at the Tipperary hotel on July 7, 2008. The jury was sent home for the night after deliberating for just over one hour. It was day nine of the trial at the Central Criminal Court.

Company wins picket battle

ENERGY suppliers TOPAZ have brought High Court proceedings against Siptu and employees of a distribution firm who have allegedly mounted pickets at their facilities.

Yesterday, TOPAZ Energy group, Beech Hill, Clonskeagh, Dublin, secured an injunction preventing Siptu from picketing or attempting to picket their premises at Centre Park Road, Cork.

The company is also trying to halt pickets at other sites in Galway and Cork.

Model defends 'porn' banker

MODEL Miranda Kerr says an Australian banker left red-faced when a live TV broadcast showed him looking at scantily clad photos of her in work shouldn't be fired. Macquarie Bank worker Dave Kiely was at his desk as a colleague was being interviewed when the camera showed him opening e-mails of photos of the model. "I am told there is a petition to save his job, and of course I would sign it," Kerr said. The bank said he would keep his job.