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Firemen death case adjourned

A health and safety prosecution against Wicklow County Council in relation to the death of two fire officers has been adjourned until next March at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

The council face charges in relation to breaches of the Health and Safety Act between September 1, 2005, and September 27, 2007, as a result of which Brian Murray and Mark O'Shaughnessy suffered personal injury in a fire at Adelaide Villas, Bray on September 26, 2007.

Hair prevents biting insects

Being hairy helps prevent you being bothered by biting insects, research suggests.

Hair makes it harder for blood-sucking bugs to feed, according to scientists. It also increases the chances of them being felt on the skin and swatted away.

Twenty nine volunteers had one arm shaved before hungry bed bugs were placed on their skin. University of Sheffield's Department of Animal and Plant Sciences found people with more hair were more protected.

Mum killed cat in microwave

A mother-of-three is facing jail after being found guilty of killing a kitten in a microwave in revenge for its owner reporting her abusive partner to police.

Gina Robins (31) put the 10-week-old pet in the oven after using it to warm food for her 18-month-old son Oliver while at the home of its owner, Sarah Knutton. This was days after her then friend had reported an incident involving Robins' partner. Robins, of Salisbury Avenue, Torquay, Devon, will be sentenced at the town's magistrates court.

Penis growth jab killed man

A MAN who died after having his penis injected with silicone was trying to get it enlarged, a court heard.

The New Jersey woman who police said gave the injection, resulting in his death, has been charged with manslaughter. She made her first court appearance in Newark yesterday.

Essex County prosecutor's office said 34-year-old Kasia Rivera gave 22-year-old Justin Street the injection in May. She has pleaded not guilty but remains in jail on $75,000 bail. Mr Street died the day after his injection.