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In Brief: Boy faces trial over car arson

A 17-YEAR-OLD boy accused of causing ¤11,000 worth of damage during an arson attack on a Mercedes in Dublin city-centre last year has failed to halt his trial

The north Dublin boy has been charged at the Children's Court with criminal damage to a Mercedes at St Joseph's Parade, Dorset Street, on April 14 last year.

His barrister Diana Stuart submitted that the case should not proceed due to a delay in charging the teenager, who has not yet entered a plea. She argued that he was 15 at the time and if he had been convicted earlier he would have faced a different sentencing regime.

However, Judge Ann Ryan said the teenager had repeatedly tried to evade arrest. She remanded him on bail to appear again next month.

Girl's killer is executed

A TEXAS man said by his lawyers to be mentally ill has been executed for killing a 12-year-old girl after the US Supreme Court rejected a final appeal.

Jonathan Green (44) was sentenced to death for abducting, raping and strangling Christina Neal, whose body was found at his home in June 2000.

He was executed last night by lethal injection.

Helens and Brians thrive

MEN named Brian and women called Helen have the best average credit profiles.

The comparison website Confused.com analysed information from thousands of UK customers, and found that people with the surname Edwards typically had the best credit profiles.

Those with the worst average credit history had the first names Daniel or Lisa, or the surname Thompson.

Mum's plea to stop Romney

THE mother of a former Navy SEAL killed in Libya has called on Mitt Romney to stop talking about her son in his campaign.

In recent days he has been telling voters of a chance encounter with ex SEAL Glen Doherty at a party.

Mr Doherty was among four Americans killed in the attacks in Benghazi.

Mr Romney has repeatedly raised questions about Barack Obama's handling of the attack in Libya.