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In brief: Phone thief ends up in jail

A Dublin man who was given a three-year suspended jail term for stealing a mobile phone will now have to serve a portion of this sentence for re-offending.

Jonathan Beatty (25), of Gloucester Place, Summerhill, had pleaded guilty to stealing the €250 phone and was given a three-year suspended sentence in 2008 at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Garda Lisa Young asked that a court activate his suspended sentence because Beatty had since attempted to steal a phone from a woman in Dublin on February 2.

A judge ordered Beatty to serve the sentence but suspended the last 15 months.

Children suffer 'noise' damage

Young children are starting playschool unable to speak and listen properly because of continuous noise and poor conversation at home, a new study claims.

Constantly switched on televisions, noisy brothers and sisters and raised voices are increasingly hampering children's language skills, the British report says.

Weak listening skills were attributed not only to poor conversation in the home but, very often, also to continuous background noise, such as constant television, the noise of siblings and raised voices.

Palin email hacker jailed

A student who hacked into Sarah Palin's email account during the 2008 US presidential campaign has been sentenced to a year and a day in custody.

The sentence fell short of the 18 months in prison sought by prosecutors to send a message to would-be hackers during political campaigns.

The additional day of 22-year-old David Kernell's sentence will make him eligible for a reduced sentence for good behaviour.

Boy now faces four jury trials

A 17-YEAR-OLD boy accused of a string of robberies is facing four separate jury trials at Circuit Court level after his cases have been deemed too serious to be heard in a juvenile court.

In his latest case, the Children's Court has heard it is alleged that during one robbery in Dublin city centre he forced a man to withdraw €300 from an ATM machine.