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In Brief: Tax cheat boss gets 2 years jail

A TAX evader who acted as a director of a company providing security staff to Dublin venues has been jailed.

Gerard Dunne (48) of Steeplechase Wood, Ratoath, Co Meath pleaded guilty in both a personal capacity and on behalf of PR Security Limited, Stephen's Place, Dublin, to six representative counts.

These counts relate to filing incorrect VAT returns and incorrect P35 (PAYE/PRSI) returns between 2000 and 2003. Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard the VAT and PAYE/PRSI liability total was just short of €327,000.

Yesterday Judge Patricia Ryan imposed a sentence of three years with one year suspended for each of the counts, to run concurrently.

UUP hunting new leader

ULSTER Unionists are set to choose a new leader after the shock resignation of Tom Elliott.

They are due to meet on March 31 to vote on who should take on the huge challenge of saving a struggling party, which was once the dominant force in Northern Ireland politics.

Mr Elliott's leadership was under mounting pressure, but his decision had not been expected. When he announced his decision to go last night, he claimed there had been internal opposition since his election in August 2010.

Bodies of four teens found

MEXICAN police found the mutilated bodies of four teenagers inside plastic bags dumped on a street in the weekend retreat town of Cuernavaca yesterday.

The state attorney's office said a threatening message against a criminal group was found near the bodies of the male students, aged 13 to 17.

Cuernavaca, once known as a peaceful tourist hangout, saw violence rise after drug lord Arturo Beltran Leyva was shot dead there in 2009.

Liza set to host Radio 2 show

LIZA Tarbuck has signed up as a new BBC Radio 2 host, taking over from Alan Carr and Melanie Sykes on the Saturday show from May 12.

She said: "It's great news to finally be hosting my own show. I'm a big fan of Radio 2 and I'm very happy to be the bridge into everyone's Saturday night."