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Teen faces trial after mugging

A Malaysian national who was mugged by a teenager was so traumatised he moved out of his north inner city Dublin home, a court heard.

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with robbery and assaulting the man, at Gardiner Street, in Dublin city centre, on April 1 last year.

The Children's Court was told the man had been stopped on the street by two individuals -- one pinned him against railings and the other punched him in the face.

Gda Ciaran O'Rourke said that the traumatised victim "had to move from the area".

Judge John O'Neill sent the case forward to the Circuit Court. The boy was remanded on bail pending his trial.



Boost as mums quit smoking

Women who stop smoking as late as when pregnancy is confirmed can dramatically boost the health of their baby, scientists said today.

In the largest study of its kind, researchers in Southampton, England, studied the outcomes of 50,000 pregnancies.

They found that women who gave up smoking at the time of conception or when their pregnancy was confirmed gave birth to babies with a similar weight to those born to mothers who had never smoked.



Passport-row woman jailed

A CHINESE woman who claimed she came to Ireland to have "more human rights" has been jailed for three months.

Yueqin Zheng (21) of no fixed address, admitted not having a valid passport or equivalent documentation to establish her identity and nationality at Dublin Airport, on June 19.

A Dublin District Court judge term backdated the jail term to June 20, when Zheng first went into custody.



Wood's doctor in drug shame

A Canadian doctor, who previously treated golfer Tiger Woods and baseball player Alex Rodriguez, has pleaded guilty to bringing steroids and other illegal substances into the US.

The misbranded drugs brought in by Anthony Galea (51), included nutropin, a human growth hormone, and actovegin, a substance derived from calf's blood.


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