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Teen lookout's plea to judge

A TEENAGER who acted as a 'lookout' during a house burglary told a judge he wanted to get his life 'back on track' as his sentencing was adjourned.

The 17-year-old boy took part with an accomplice in a break-in at Kilshaine Road, in Finglas, Dublin, in January last year.

The boy had nine prior criminal convictions, including criminal damage, interfering with vehicles, public order offences and burglary.

Judge Ann Ryan adjourned sentencing for an updated probation report.

Dali sculpture under hammer

A bronze horse by Salvador Dali will go under the hammer at auction in London on Tuesday for an estimated £400,000.

The 141cm-high horse, created in 1980, was unveiled today after travelling to London from a private collection in Switzerland.

The horse, called Le Cheval A La Montre Molle in French --meaning 'the horse with the melted watch' -- weighs 260kg and needed three men to lift it.

Church warned about virtues

Virtues such as respect for human life, public service and social responsibility are being 'increasingly bypassed' in favour of a pursuit of status, wealth, hedonism and the sexualisation of society.

The Rev Stephen Trott will tell the Church of General Synod meeting in York next month that Christian beliefs are under pressure from a culture of celebrity as well as from figures such as the atheist Richard Dawkins.

Rev Trott said anti-religious expression had led to a climate in which naturally diffident Christians become "even more reluctant" to speak openly about their faith.

Revenge killing 50 years later

A 73-year-old US man has been sentenced to life for shooting a former classmate who put a jockstrap over his head in a school changing room 50 years ago.

Carl Ericsson pleaded guilty but mentally ill to second-degree murder. Norman Johnson was shot twice in the face.

Mr Johnson's daughter, Beth Ribstein, said Ericsson was always jealous of her father's success.