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Solicitor to pay ¤1k over assault

A WELL-KNOWN solicitor who assaulted a colleague will avoid a criminal conviction so long as he pays €1,000 to charity.

John Devane (49) of Quinlan Street, Limerick, had pleaded not guilty to assaulting John Herbert at Limerick District Court on June 9, 2011.

However, after hearing evidence at Limerick District Court yesterday, Judge Patrick Clyne said Devane aimed a headbutt at John Herbert and grabbed his throat during the assault.

He said the State had proven that Devane had assaulted Mr Herbert but he would dismiss the case on its merits if the solicitor paid €1,000 to St Vincent de Paul by October 18.

Kissinger snipe

at US hopefuls

Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger criticised both presidential candidates for appealing to American suspicions of China in their campaigns.

Dr Kissinger said both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have used "extremely deplorable" language, labelling China a cheat.

Last week both campaigns issued ads promising to get tough over alleged Chinese trade violations often blamed for US job losses.

Healthy weight

cuts cancers

Thousands of cancer cases could be prevented every year if more people were a healthy weight.

Researchers said body weight increases the risk of cancers of the pancreas, breast, bowel, oesophagus, kidney, womb and gall bladder.

Professor Alan Jackson, chairman of the CUP panel and professor of human nutrition at the University of Southampton, said: "A significant number of cancer cases could be prevented by people maintaining a healthy body weight."

Reality TV star

dies aged 27

A contestant who competed on RuPaul's Drag Race as Sahara Davenport died of heart failure. Antoine Ashley was 27.

Ashley died from heart failure at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, according to his manager, David Charpentier.