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No jail time for Karaoke assault

A Dublin father-of-six who attacked a man singing karaoke at a Christmas party has been spared jail.

Charles Dillon (33) was convicted of assault causing harm to Polish national Piotr Kozub (59) at the Castle Inn Pub in Rathfarnham village on December 13, 2008. Dillon of Tara Hill Crescent, Rathfarnham, had pleaded not guilty to the charge at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge Desmond Hogan said that Dillon has realised the consequences of his actions and is now fully aware of how his offending affects others. He suspended a three-year jail sentence on condition that Dillon keeps the peace for two years and completes 240 hours of work in the community.

16 die in Java bus plunge

A crowded bus overturned yesterday on a toll road on Indonesia's main island of Java and killed 16 people, police said.

About 50 other people including the bus driver were injured in the crash on Jatingaleh turnpike near Semarang, the capital of Central Java province, said Lt. Col. Pungki Bhuana of the local police.

End to quiet life for Mafia boss

A judge has ordered a convicted Mafia boss to return to Italy from Britain after losing his battle against extradition.

Domenico Rancadore (65) had lived quietly in London under a different name for almost 20 years until he was arrested in a European warrant in August. Italian officials said he had been a chief of the feared Sicilian Mafia and he was convicted in his absence for criminal associations between 1987 and 1995.

Magistrate Howard Riddle said that Rancadore must return to his native country to serve a seven-year sentence.

'It's no heist, heist baby'

The rapper known as Vanilla Ice was released from jail yesterday after being arrested on a burglary charge that he says is a misunderstanding.

The musician turned reality television star, who famously rapped that "anything less than the best is a felony" in his 1990s hit song Ice Ice Baby was charged with burglary of an unoccupied residence and grand theft, both felonies.