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Petrol bomber awaits sentence

A man who threw a petrol bomb into the kitchen of his former neighbour's home has had his sentencing adjourned.

Damien Byrne (35), who has a history of psychiatric difficulties, had a row with a man in the house. He had been drinking and taking tablets.

Byrne, of Berryfield Road, Finglas, has a previous conviction for starting a fire in the foyer of Ballymun garda station.

He pleaded guilty to arson, assault causing harm and making a threat to kill or cause serious harm at a house in Ballymun on January 26, 2008.

The judge adjourned sentencing until April because the probation report he had ordered was not available.

Man denies raping his ex

THE trial of a Lithuanian man accused of raping his ex-girlfriend after finding out about her relationship with another man has continued in legal argument.

The man has pleaded not guilty to one count of rape and two counts of oral rape of the woman at a Dublin house on that date.

The trial is expected to resume today.

Hollywood sign site preserved

A NATURE conservation has reached a deal to protect a huge swath of land above the famous Hollywood sign from being developed for luxury homes.

Trust For Public Lands president Will Rogers said the group has secured an option to buy the 138-acre parcel for about $12m (e8.8m) from the developers.

It plans to give the land to the city of Los Angeles, so it can be incorporated into the adjacent 4,200-acre Griffith Park.

TV child star pleads guilty

Former child television star Gary Coleman has pleaded guilty to a charge related to a domestic violence incident last April.

In a deal with the prosecutor, Coleman entered the plea yesterday in Santaquin Justice Court on his 42nd birthday.

The original charge of domestic violence assault was dropped. No details of the April 18 incident were detailed in court documents, but Coleman's lawyer said his client and his wife, Shannon Price, had an argument which got out of hand.