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In Brief: Jailed for using cell as a toilet

A REPEAT public order offender who urinated on a garda station cell floor after he was arrested has been jailed for a month.

Ciaran Curtis (32) became violent when he was taken into custody after gardai found him drunkenly "looking for scrap" in a householder's garden.

Judge Grainne Malone sentenced him after hearing he had 12 previous public order convictions and had never been sent to prison before.

Curtis, of Slievemore Road, Drimnagh, pleaded guilty to public drunkenness and causing a breach of the peace at Captain's Road, Crumlin, as well as violent behaviour in Crumlin Garda Station on September 26, 2011.

Translation app helps the deaf

A computer programme that translates sign language into written text could revolutionise the lives of the deaf and hard of hearing, scientists said today.

The software, which can be used on portable devices such as smartphones and laptops, will be the first of its kind.

Researchers at the University of Aberdeen hope the move will help young deaf people find work and communicate with colleagues.

Drug lord faces 23 years in jail

Prosecutors want the maximum 23-year prison term for a Jamaican drug lord who pleaded guilty to US charges of drug and gun trafficking.

Christopher Coke was captured in Jamaica in 2010. A bloody siege of his stronghold in a slum west of Kingston left more than 70 dead.

Coke (43) was extradited to US federal court in Manhattan. He pleaded guilty last year and faces sentencing on Friday.

Dahl books top teachers' pick

Roald Dahl has been voted primary school teachers' favourite author.

A survey found five of his works are among their top 10 books for children under the age of 11.

The man behind The Twits and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory was named by almost twice as many teachers as Julia Donaldson and JK Rowling, who shared second place.