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In Brief: Rail passenger broke window

AN enraged rail passenger shattered a counter window when he punched it following an exchange with a staff member, a court heard.

Brendan Lynch (46) caused just under €400 worth of damage to the window in Pearse Street station.

Lynch, with an address at Kindlestown Park, Greystones, Co Wicklow, pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage at Pearse Station on December 11.

Garda Joseph Walsh told Dublin District Court the accused had had "a few exchanges" with a member of staff in the station at 7.30pm.

"The defendant then punched the window of the customers' kiosk, causing it to smash," Garda Walsh said.

The case was adjourned after Lynch admitted causing the damage and requested time to get compensation.

 

MUM CHASES DOWN ABDUCTOR

a mother who saw her five-year-old being abducted chased the suspect down and crashed into his car.

The incident unfolded on Wednesday evening when the woman saw her child being forced into a car in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

She jumped into her vehicle and gave chase, unaware the man had pushed the girl out of the car shortly after grabbing her. The mother finally rammed into his car near an intersection. He fled on foot.

 

POLICE CHARGE 34 SOCCER FANS

Police have charged more than 30 Sunderland and West Ham fans who are alleged to have been involved in a fight before a Premier League game on January 12.

Northumbria Police said 10 West Ham fans have now been charged with violent disorder.

A total of 24 Sunderland fans have already been charged.

 

POPE BLASTS 'CULT OF MONEY'

Pope Francis has denounced the global financial system, blasting the "cult of money" that he says is tyrannising the poor and turning humans into expendable consumer goods.

Francis demanded that financial and political leaders reform the global financial system to make it more concerned for the common good.

He said: "Money has to serve, not to rule."


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