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In Brief: Shop robber given chance

A HEROIN addict described as a "Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" character robbed three premises within two weeks, a court has heard.

Alan Coyne (37), of Luttrel Park Drive in Clondalkin, was sentenced to three years in prison for the robberies which he committed several days after being released from prison for other offences.

Coyne pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robberies at Boylesports, Riverforest in Leixlip, O'Brien's Off Licence in Donnybrook, and Spar in Sandycove in September and October 2010.

Judge Martin Nolan acknowledged that Coyne is addressing his drug problem and said he would "give him some sort of a chance" before sentencing him.

Brother's €38k claim rejected

A judge has thrown out a €38,000 damages claim by a jobless man that his brother was under the influence of drink and crashed into a ditch while giving him a lift, leaving him with chest, back and neck injuries.

Richard Joyce (37), of Oakwood Avenue, Swords, Co Dublin, claimed at the Circuit Civil Court his brother refused to stop for a Garda patrol car which had flashed its lights.

The judge directed that Richard Joyce pay his brother's legal costs.

Six killed in Libya clashes

Clashes in a western Libyan city left six dead and at least 20 injured, a government spokesman said.

Unidentified assailants attacked an airport and a hospital in Ghadamis near the Algerian border, some 280 miles south west of the capital Tripoli. Government forces were deployed to the city to stop the fighting.

Clashes have been common throughout the country since last year's overthrow of dictator Muammar Gaddafi.