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In Brief: Laptop burglar gets four years

A man addicted to head shop drug 'Snow Blow' stole laptops to feed his habit, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court has heard.

Colm Morrissey (35) was sentenced to seven years, with the last three suspended, for committing eight separate burglaries over a nine-month period and selling on the laptops he stole.

Morrissey, of Conrad House, Gracepark Road, in Drumcondra, pleaded guilty to burglary at six businesses in the Dublin city area between May 10, 2010 and November 25, 2010.

He further pleaded guilty to burglary at two businesses on February 3, 2011.

Teen killed in car tragedy

A young man who had a habit of removing his seat belt died after he was thrown out of the back window of a car during a collision, a court has heard.

Dean Murphy (16) died in hospital four days after he suffered severe brain injuries as a result of a crash at a junction in Tyrellstown, Dublin. The victim's friend, David Moran (23), was driving the car.

He pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to dangerous driving on August 25, 2009. He received a three-year suspended sentence.

Moran, of Hughes Road South, Walkinstown, Dublin had convinced the teenager to go back to his care centre after he had run away and was giving him a lift back.

Sudan planes blast pipeline

An oil pipeline in South Sudan has been damaged in a bomb raid by two Sudan Air Force jets, say the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA).

The attack occurred about 50km north of Bentiu, the SPLA said.

The town's water supply was contaminated with oil in the attack.

Korea nuclear

pledge praised

Russia has welcomed North Korea's decision to suspend key elements of its nuclear weapons programme, calling its deal with the United States a step toward a resumption of six-party disarmament talks.

"We welcome North Korea's decision to impose a moratorium on testing," the foreign ministry said.