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Teen threw an axe at garda

SENTENCING of a teenager, who threw a hatchet at a garda in a bid to prevent his father being arrested for domestic violence, has been adjourned.

Judge Brian Sheridan noted at the Children's Court yesterday that a negative probation report on the boy (17) had been furnished.

Defence solicitor Sarah Molloy said her client had a difficult history and had been spending time with his mother in women's refuges.

The 17-year-old has pleaded guilty to possessing a hammer and a plank of wood as weapons and obstructing an arrest at a Dublin halting site last July.

41 worshippers killed in blasts

Two suicide bombers have struck a popular Muslim shrine in Pakistan's second largest city, killing 41 people and wounding 180.

The bombers attacked as thousands of people visited the Data Darbar shrine.

Lahore has experienced a growing number of attacks as Taliban fighters along the border with Afghanistan have teamed up with militants once supported by the government in the country's heartland.

Girl abused by her stepfather

A DUBLIN man who sexually abused his 11-year-old stepdaughter over a three-month period in 2004 has had his sentencing postponed for at least a week.

The court heard how the abuse, which began as fondling of the now 17-year-old girl, steadily escalated until the victim confronted her abuser and told him to leave her alone.

The 48-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual assault against the girl at their home.

Judge Patrick McCartan listed the matter for mention next Wednesday.

Teen robbed bookies shop

A 16-year-old Dublin youth who robbed a bookmakers armed with an imitation fire arm in order to get money to buy a motorbike has had his sentencing adjourned.

The now 17-year-old, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to robbery at Boyles Sports, Finglas, on February 15, 2009.