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In Brief: Teen arrested on his birthday

A YOUTH who was arrested in Dublin city-centre on the night of his 17th birthday for lashing out at people at a Luas stop has been remanded on bail pending sentence.

The teenager pleaded guilty yesterday at the Dublin Children's Court to engaging in threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour at the Luas stop on Abbey Street Upper.

Defence counsel Aoife McNickle asked the judge to note that the teen was apologetic. Judge John O'Connor remanded the teenager on bail to appear again in September.

 

MAN ON TRIAL FOR WOMEN'S DEATHS

Opening statements have been made in the trial of a 79-year-old man charged with the decades-old killing of four women in northern California who had matching initials.

Prosecutors have painted Joseph Naso as a "sexual deviant" who drugged and photographed his unconscious victims, then strangled them and dumped their naked bodies. Naso has pleaded not guilty.

 

RETURN OF BIRDS OF A FEATHER

Popular sitcom Birds Of A Feather could be coming back to television after it was reported that ITV has signed up the original cast for a new series.

The programme, which originally ran on the BBC, starred Pauline Quirke and Linda Robson as sisters sharing a home in the posh Essex town of Chigwell after their husbands were sent to prison. They will be joined by Lesley Joseph, who played man-eater Dorien Green.

 

PICKPOCKET TOOK TOP COP'S PHONE

A pickpocket who stole a police commissioner's phone from his jacket has been jailed, the force has said.

Barry Coppinger, police and crime commissioner, was in a Middlesbrough cafe in Yorkshire when his mobile was taken.

He reported the theft to police, who took CCTV footage from the cafe and a still image of the suspect was included in officers' daily briefing pages.

A police officer on patrol spotted the suspect and he was arrested. The 32-year-old from London was jailed at Teesside Magistrates' Court for eight weeks.


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