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Man freed after court blunder

A Dublin man walked free from the Four Courts after a High Court judge quashed his conviction for having drugs for sale and supply.

Last November Alan Browne (30), of Donomore Park, Tallaght, was jailed for four years at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court after he pleaded guilty to having €48,760 of cocaine and €18,375 ephedrine tablets for sale or supply at his home in January 2011.

However, the DPP later said that Mr Browne should not have been sentenced, convicted or charged in respect of the ephedrine. Ephedrine had not been a controlled drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act since late 2009/early 2010.

Yesterday, Mr Justice Michael White ordered the former postman's release and quashed his conviction.

Bear attacked camper (74)

A bear attacked and injured a 74-year-old woman camping in northern Arizona and now hounds and men are tracking the animal to put it down.

The Apache Junction woman had minor bruises and a cut to her face after the black bear ripped a hole in the tent where she, her husband and dog had been sleeping at a campground in the Tonto National Forest, said Jim Paxon, a spokesman with the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

UN welcomes Sudan pullout

The UN Security Council welcomed Sudan and South Sudan's withdrawal of military forces from the disputed Abyei border region and called for the pullout of police.

South Sudan won independence from Sudan last year as part of a 2005 peace treaty that ended decades of war that killed two million people. But the neighbouring nations drew close to full-scale war over oil revenues and their disputed border following South Sudan's capture of the oil-rich town of Heglig in April.

Raider stole ¤3k sex toy

An armed man in Brazil has heisted an 18-carat gold-plated vibrator selling for $4,000 (¤3,200) at a luxury sex shop. Police say he walked into the Erotica Luxo store in Brasilia, tied up a clerk and took the item from its display case. He stole nothing else.