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Man (20) guilty of sex attack

A HOODED man knocked down a woman on her way home alone from a night out, dragged her by the hair and forced her to give him oral sex.

The 20-year-old Kerry man was found guilty of oral rape and sexual assault on his 23-year-old victim at the Central Criminal Court.

He stole the terrified woman's handbag, purse, digital camera and make-up in the 2007 attack.

She was convinced she was going to die in the subsequent sex attack in Kerry, the court heard. The man will be sentenced in April.

DNA evidence heard in case

A REVELLER accused of a sex attack told gardai he went straight home to his partner after leaving a nightclub, a court heard.

But the Wicklow man's DNA was found on a false nail which had fallen off the woman's hand at the scene of the alleged attack in 2005.

The 28-year-old is pleading not guilty to oral rape and sexual assault on the woman, claiming she performed oral sex on him after they had been kissing for some time.

The trial at the Central Criminal Court continues.

Promoter chills in Prince deal

POP star Prince has settled a legal action taken against him by promoters MCD over a cancelled gig at Croke Park.

MCD had claimed €1.7m in damages. It was stated in the Commercial Court that Prince had said: "Tell the cat to chill, we will work something out.'

The amount of the settlement was not revealed, but MCD boss Denis Desmond said he was not out of pocket and added: "The cat's very chilled".

Long wait on house defects

HUNDREDS of homeowners face a long wait before their legal actions over defects in their houses will be heard.

It follows a judge's ruling that it would be unjust for some cases to proceed before the conclusion of a separate court battle between Menolly Homes and companies in the Lagan group over liability.

The row is over the use of pyrite infilling, alleged to have caused cracking and swelling to houses in Drynam in Swords, Myrtle in Balgriffin and Beaupark in Baldoyle.