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In Brief: Curfew for tyre slash accused

A 15-YEAR-OLD boy has been accused of taking part in a tyre-slashing rampage in a south Dublin suburb.

The boy allegedly damaged tyres on 11 cars on a date in September and yesterday he was charged at the Dublin Children's Court with criminal damage offences.

Garda Paul Kelly told Judge Ann Ryan that when charged, the teen said: "I only did one."

The boy was told he must adhere to a curfew and be in his home between 9pm and 7am. He was granted legal aid and ordered to appear again on a date in January.

HMV in crisis talks with bank

HMV's new boss has warned that the entertainment group is in talks with banks over its future following worse-than-expected trading in the run-up to Christmas.

Chief executive Trevor Moore cautioned that current market conditions suggested the group would not meet expectations for the year to April.

As a result, the terms of its bank loans are not likely to be met in January and April, placing the future of the 238-strong chain under threat.

Judge lashed for rape remark

A JUDGE is being publicly admonished for saying a rape victim didn't put up a fight during her assault and that if someone doesn't want sexual intercourse, the body "will not permit that to happen."

The California Commission on Judicial Performance issued a report saying Superior Court Judge Derek Johnson's comments were inappropriate and a breach of judicial ethics.

Johnson is a former prosecutor in the Orange County district attorney's sex crimes unit. He issued an apology saying he was frustrated with a prosecutor during an argument in 2008 over a sentencing.

X Factor exit for LA Reid

LA REID will soon be an ex-judge on The X Factor.

The veteran music executive is not returning to the competition next season, said a representative for Epic Records, of which Reid is currently the CEO.

Last year Reid left his job as chairman and CEO of Island Def Jam Music Group, where he helped launch careers for acts like Rihanna and Justin Bieber.