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Trial for teen in axe attack

A TRIAL date will be set next month in an attempt to prosecute a Dublin youth who denies using an axe to wreck a car belonging to a neighbour.

The car owner has since withdrawn his complaint after he was allegedly threatened, Dublin Children's Court heard.

The DPP, however, has decided to proceed with the prosecution against the 17-year-old boy.

Judge John O'Connor remanded the youth on continuing bail to appear again on June 25 next.

He had been charged earlier with criminal damage to the vehicle in Dublin's south-side last December.

DOWNTON BACK FOR SERIES FOUR

The fourth season of Downton Abbey will begin next January and run for eight weeks.

The series is the highest-rated drama in public TV's history, and stars Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith and Michelle Dockery.

Shirley MacLaine will return for the fourth season, joined by newcomers including opera star Kiri Te Kanawa. The new season of Downton Abbey will air from January 5 to February 23, 2014.

COLLEGE CHAIR TO ENROL ON PHD

A COLLEGE chairman who was cleared of plagiarising his Master's thesis is considering enrolling as a PhD student at the same institute.

Flan Garvey said he will continue as chairman of the governing body of Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) until his term is up in February 2016.

The former Fianna Fail councillor said it was not inappropriate for the ITT college chair to be enrolled as a postgraduate student.

"It is unique. I was used by the college and I used myself to promote lifelong learning," Mr Garvey said.

7 MEN GUILTY OF CHILD SEX RING

A court in London has convicted seven men of committing sex crimes against underage girls – some as young as 11.

The gang is said to have exploited girls between 2004 and last year in the Oxford area. The charges included rape, trafficking and child prostitution.

They will be sentenced next month.


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