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Solicitor fined for conduct in medical case

A former partner in Dublin law firm Hayes Solicitors, Andrew Walker, has been fined €5,000 for failing to disclose a material fact in a medical negligence case, in a finding of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

The complaint against Mr Walker was made by the Law Society. Mr Walker was found guilty of professional misconduct on January 10th last in failing to disclose a material fact about the alteration of clinical notes prior to the commencement of a hearing in the High Court "in a timely manner or at all".

The material fact was only revealed to the court as a result of queries by the presiding judge during the examination of one of the defendants.

Convicted killer in burglary case

A convicted killer who is serving a life sentence has been jailed for 18 months at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court for a house burglary he committed an hour before he murdered a Chinese student.

Derek Wade (28) broke into the house on South Circular Road, Rialto, Dublin, before he burgled the home of Zhi Song and stabbed him with a knife he had brought with him. He was jailed for life on March 19th, 2007, following his murder conviction.

Wade pleaded guilty to trespass and theft on June 29th, 2005. He had 25 previous convictions, including a seven-year term imposed in 1999 for manslaughter.

Murder trial is delayed for a day

The trial of a Galway woman charged with the murder of a man in a block of flats in the city two years ago, which was due to get under way in the Central Criminal Court in Galway yesterday, was adjourned until today.

Una Black(25), Droim Chaoin, Bishop O'Donnell Road, Galway, is charged with the murder of John Malone, at Walter Macken Flats on December 3rd last year.

Solicitor's deficit case adjourned

The High Court has again adjourned an application by the Law Society for an order freezing the accounts of a solicitor over an alleged €1 million deficit in his client account.

The adjournment, to Monday, is to facilitate efforts by the solicitor to come up with funds to meet the alleged deficit.

Girl gets €5,000 for air scalding

A 16-year-old Co Meath schoolgirl, whose right arm was scalded on an Aer Lingus flight from Spain, has been awarded €5,000 damages against the airline.

Counsel for Jessica Maguire, The Walk, Sevitt Manor, Bettystown, told the Circuit Civil Court yesterday an air hostess accidentally spilled coffee on her forearm.

Jail warning to mother over son

A Tallaght mother who failed to send her eight-year-old son regularly to school over the last three years has been warned in Tallaght Court that she could be jailed.

The woman (40) had previously pleaded guilty to one summons of contravening a school attendance notice dated May 17, 2006.

Adjourning the case for sentencing, Judge James McDonnell told her: "I can lock you up in jail for upwards of a month.

"This will be your last chance."