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In Brief: Jail for vicious assault on nurse

A MAN who viciously assaulted a nurse while she was visiting his three-month old son has been given a 40-month jail sentence.

John Cash (35) who had consumed a concoction of alcohol and mephedrone, a cocaine substitute, got into a paranoid state and believed his son was being taken away from him.

The victim, Marie Duignam, said she has now been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and has been deemed not medically fit to return to work.

Cash, of Catherine's Gate, Parnell Road in Dublin pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Ms Duignam on December 21, 2010 at his home.

Teen on stab threat charge

A 16-YEAR-OLD boy threatened to stab four youths during a knife robbery in a park in Dublin, a court heard yesterday.

The teen has been charged with robbing the youths, who were aged 16 and 17, in Artane, in north Dublin, on a date in August last year.

Judge Bryan Smyth decided the case should be sent to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

The teen, who has not yet indicated how he will plead, was remanded on bail to appear again next month when he is to be served with a book of evidence and returned for trial.

Man denies raping sister

A MAN denied sexually abusing his sister during gardai interview and requested a break because he thought her allegations were "sick", a trial has heard.

"That is disgusting. I can't even believe she has said things like that," the accused told gardai before denying a number of specific allegations contained in his sister's statement. The 33-year-old accused has pleaded not guilty to 13 counts of rape, sexual assault and attempted rape of his sister who is eight years younger than him.

The alleged abuse took place between February 1995 and August 2000. The trial continues before Mr Justice Paul Carney and a jury of seven men and five women.