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Youth helped in stranger attack

A youth who helped a stranger to assault a passerby has been given 240 hours community service in lieu of two years in jail.

Lorcan Kelly (19) said a man approached him and his friend on the canal around Inchicore one morning and asked them to help steal a motorbike. He said he and his friend reluctantly helped the man, who was carrying a knife.

Kelly, of Kylemore Drive, Ballyfermot, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting Mr Norman Pfupajema around 6.45am on October 30, 2007.

Car thief faces 25-year ban

A man who caused a three-vehicle pile-up in a van stolen from his partner's father will be disqualified from driving for 25 years on his next court date.

Noel Monks (31), of Cushlawn Walk, Tallaght, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to unlawfully taking a Ford van belonging to his partner's father at Suncroft Drive, Tallaght on June 13, 2007. A judge put the matter back pending a probation and welfare report and said he would consider suspending the sentence's balance in July if the result was positive.

75pc of women miss HIV testing

Almost three-quarters of British women have never been tested for HIV, with many seeing no need to, a poll found today.

A total of 73pc were not checked for HIV, while 62pc think HIV and Aids do not affect their community. Some 82pc of British women had sex without a condom, with 63pc saying it was because they were in an exclusive relationship, according to the poll for the MAC Aids Fund.

Women seek IVF at 58

A Fertility clinic was approached by two women aged 58 seeking IVF -- a move that could see them become the oldest mothers to give birth following treatment in Europe.

The London Women's Clinic confirmed that it had been consulted by the patients, but that it was too early to say if their requests would be granted. It comes a month after a bid by a 59-year-old to have treatment at the same Harley Street clinic provoked debate.