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In Brief: Shooting range gets the bullet

A SHOOTING range does not have planning permission, the president of the High Court has ruled.

Permission for a range, used by a target shooting club near Lifford, Co Donegal, had been validly refused by Donegal County Council in 2011, Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns found.

The action arose after Donall McGroary, secretary of the Donegal Target Club, applied to the local Garda Superintendent Thomas O'Brien for authorisation for a range at Cavan, Upper Killygordan, near Lifford.

 

BABY DINOSAURS CRAWLED AT FIRST

Dinosaurs crawled on all fours before switching to two feet when they grew up, experts have discovered.

Analysis of bones 100 million years old showed baby Psittacosaurus had long arms and short legs, which were used to scuttle around on shortly after hatching.

But aged four, Psittacosaurus – the 'parrot dinosaur' – experienced a growth spurt in their legs, while the development of their arms slowed – causing them to spend their adult life on two feet.

 

BOY STALKED AND ATTACKED MAN

A DUBLIN youth who stalked a man over a 16-month period and attacked him twice is to be sentenced in September.

Dublin Children's Court heard that the harassment began because the man had once got into a conversation with the 17-year-old's mother.

Yesterday, the boy pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to the man, aged 36, on August 28 and July 15 last year. He also admitted an additional connected charge for harassing the same man at a number of locations between April 4, 2011, until August 28 last year.

The teenager was remanded on continuing bail.

 

MURDER SUSPECT TO BE HARNESSED

The suspect in last year's US theatre shooting that left 12 dead and dozens injured will be restrained during his trial by wearing a harness under his clothes that will be anchored to the floor.

A judge in Denver has ruled that James Holmes must be restrained because he is charged with violent crimes. Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to murder and attempted murder charges.


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