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Man on armed robbery charge

A DUBLIN man is facing trial on charges of attempting to hijack a car and armed robbery with an imitation handgun in a shopping centre car park.

Robert Mitchell (21), of Droim Na Coille Drive, Ballyowen Lane, Lucan, is alleged to have committed the offences at Liffey Valley Shopping Centre on October 31, 2012.

A State solicitor told Blanchardstown District Court that the DPP was directing the case be sent to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court for jury trial.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the case to June 20 for the preparation of a book of evidence.

$1.9M FOR NUDE TV STAR PORTRAIT

A painting of topless actress Bea Arthur sold for $1.9m at a New York auction.

But Arthur, who shot to fame in TV series The Golden Girls and Maude in the 1970s and 80s, did not pose in the buff for artist John Currin.

According to auctioneers Christie's, he had a photo of the actress fully clothed – then used his imagination to depict her naked from the waist up in his 1991 oil painting. Arthur died of cancer in 2009 aged 86.

SINGER TRIES TO BAR ARREST VIDEO

Country star Randy Travis has filed a lawsuit to prevent two state agencies releasing a patrol car video of his 2012 drink-driving arrest in Texas.

Travis pleaded guilty in January to driving while intoxicated. A judge sentenced him to two years' probation and ordered a 180-day suspended jail term.

The judge also granted a request from Travis's defence that the arrest video not be made public.

But the state attorney general's office has since ruled that the judge didn't have the right to bar the video's release.

RESIDENTS' FURY AT SECRET SNAPS

Residents of a luxury apartment block in New York are up in arms about an exhibition of photos secretly snapped through their windows.

The images, taken by photographer Arne Svenson from his own apartment across the street, are on sale for up to e5,800 at a gallery, but do not reveal faces.

But some of the residents at the Tribeca building are considering legal action.


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