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In Brief: Drinker hit man with a bar stool

A MAN who struck another with a bar stool in an unprovoked attack, leaving him with an 8cm gash across his face, has been given a three-year suspended sentence.

Robert Faye of Poddle Park, Kimmage pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Court to assault causing harm to Lesley Boyle at Rosie O'Grady's Pub, Harold's Cross on January 9, 2011. Judge Martin Nolan gave him a three-year suspended sentence and ordered him to pay Mr Boyle €4,000 in compensation.

Faye was arrested after CCTV footage was viewed. He admitted he assaulted Mr Boyle for "no reason".

He said he was drunk and no argument took place but that the alcohol had caused him to lose control and he "became paranoid".

Walliams gear in charity sale

David Walliams, One Direction and Coldplay are among the stars raising money for Sport Relief in an online auction.

The Little Britain star is offering some of the swimming gear he wore during his Thames charity swim to the highest bidder on Twitter, while Coldplay will be taking bids on a signed edition of their Mylo Xyloto album.

Other names taking part in Twitrelief, which starts today, include Robbie Savage, Stephen Fry and JLS.

Ferry disaster death toll at 116

The death toll from a ferry disaster in Bangladesh rose to 116 when villagers found four more bodies in the water.

The decomposing corpses surfaced near the scene of the accident hours after the double-deck ferry was salvaged and the rescue operation was called off.

The ferry carrying about 200 people collided with a cargo boat and sank early on Tuesday, sending scores of people into the Meghna River, just south of Dhaka.

€4m joy of lotto syndicate

Five builders who claimed a colleague cheated them out of their share of a lottery jackpot have been awarded $4m (¤3m) each by a jury.

The New Jersey court rejected the claims of Americo Lopes (52), who had claimed he won the 2009 jackpot on a personal ticket -- not with a ticket he bought as part a lottery pool with the co-workers.

He had claimed all the $24m (€18.4m) himself.