A 17-year-old boy in Dublin, Ireland is in a coma after a classmate attempted a strange prank that wound up going haywire.
The student was put into a medically induced coma because he reportedly suffered a heart attack after a friend thought it would be funny to squeeze his testicles. The unnamed 17-year-old was walking back to St David’s CBS with his friends when they started goofing around with each other.
When the boy passed out, a schoolteacher, along with another student, attempted to perform CPR while they waited for an ambulance to arrive.
Dublin police are currently investigating the incident. The boy’s family says he is in stable condition but has not woken up from the coma yet. They don’t believe that the other student was attempting to do any harm, and as of right now, it appears that the student will not face any charges.
A Dublin bomber was seen “dripping in blood” last night after he accidentally set off a bomb in his own face. Police believe the bomb may have exploded in front of the man because he forgot to set his watch forward an hour on Sunday night for daylight savings time.
“It would appear that the bomber got his timings wrong,” one source told the Mirror. “It could be a case where he didn’t put his watch forward on Sunday [at 1 a.m.] and the timer went off too soon.”
The bomber tried to plant the bomb on a Volvo SUV. After hearing an explosion around 11 p.m., one neighbor looked outside and saw a bloody man running away. Investigators said there was a “huge amount of blood” at the scene.
“Witnesses reported seeing a man fleeing the scene towards New Street and Clanbrassil Street and he had suffered significant injuries and required urgent medical attention, we are appealing for this man, or anyone in a taxi who may have picked him up, to come forward," said Garda Superintendent Dave Taylor.
“It was a very extensive explosion and it was a very frightening experience for the people on Long Lane,” Taylor added. “The consequences could have been very, very serious.”
A father in Ireland who calls himself the “Drone Dentist” pulled his 8-year-old son’s loose incisor using a remote-controlled quadcopter.
Tech junkie Malcolm Swan tied a string from Adam’s tooth to the aircraft and waited for his son to give him the signal.
"Adam has a very loose tooth. Show us," his father says on the cell phone video. "And it is attached to floss and this little beauty."
The video, posted to Youtube, garnered some criticism.
Swan told Irish radio statiion RTE 2FM the stunt didn’t hurt Adam at all.
"You can see in the video, when the floss comes tight, there's not even a jerk of his head or anything," he said. "It was that loose. I literally could have just plucked it out with my two fingers.”
"Hang on. Who's the 8-year-old? You or your son?" the DJ joked.
"Sometimes I ask myself," Swan admitted.
Four men found guilty of animal abuse in Ireland have been freed after the presiding judge suspended their sentence for two years.
Jeremiah Kirkwood, his sons Chris and Wayne Kirkwood, and Jamie Morrow admitted to kidnapping family pets and staging vicious animal attacks for entertainment purposes.
All four men pleaded guilty to charges of animal cruelty and were convicted.
The men were sentenced to six months in prison -- suspended for two years. They are also prohibited from keeping, owning, or controlling animals for 10 years.
Due to the suspension, all four men walked out of court as if free men last week.
"The judge in this case has failed to send out a clear message that society will no longer tolerate the torture of animals. This sentence should be immediately referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions for review on the basis that it is too lenient given the very disturbing facts,” said Stormant justice committee member Jim Wells.
The animal cruelty charges against the men were brought about when videos of their animal fights were discovered. The videos showed cats and badgers being mauled to death by various vicious animals. Those watching in the background, including the accused, could be heard laughing and cheering.
Police and animal rights charities described the abuse as “some of the worst they have ever encountered,” reports the Belfast Telegraph.
In one video, a man is seen climbing a tree after a scared cat, causing it to fall to the ground, and be slaughtered by waiting dogs.
A search of the Kirkwood home revealed animals, mostly dogs, in unhealthy conditions with scars from fighting. The dogs were bred to be aggressive, and kidnapped cats were used to instigate their violent tendencies.
When leaving court after the announced suspension, the men had smirks on their faces, and waved at the police, onlookers, and animal rights activists that were waiting outside. Some of them even raised their hands in victory, reports the Inquisitr.
In reaction to the six-month prison sentence and subsequent suspension, PSNI Detective Inspector Pete Mullan responded by saying, “We fully respect the decision of the court but are disappointed nonetheless. This type of crime can receive a custodial sentence of up to two years, and given the horrific nature of this particular incident we would have envisaged a sentence that would have acted as a greater deterrent."
Spanish courts have dismissed the case of a flight attendant who was fired by low cost Irish airline Ryanair after eating a baguette meant for passengers.
In 2010, flight attendant Juan Francisco Montes Montesinos was investigated after repoertedly eating a ham, cheese and tomato baguette valued at $7.50.
Company regulations require that an employee first inform the airline and then pay for any food meant for customers – a rule Montesinos allegedly did not abide by. The broken rule was followed by Montesinos' dismissal.
Frustrated, Montesinos decided to take the matter to a labor court, then to the city court. However, both courts were unable to proceed because Montesinos had been hired through a job agency based in Ireland with a branch in Norway.
Because the airline abides by Irish law, the Spanish courts could do nothing to resolve the issue.
Ryanair reported that the case could only be played out in the European courts, as per EU regulations for mobile transport employees.
Dublin man Tom O’Gorman was brutally stabbed and killed in an attack over a game of chess, police believe.
The attack occurred at a house on Beech Park Avenue just before 2 a.m., over an alleged bad chess move.
Police arrived at the house later after a 999 call was placed and found O’Gorman with his throat cut and other parts of his body stabbed. They also found the man who had caused alarm and detained him on the scene.
According to Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, the 34-year-old Italian national can be detained for up to 24 hours without charge.
O’Gorman’s body remained in the house overnight and underwent an exam in the morning. It was then moved to the city morgue for a full autopsy.
O’Gorman worked as a researcher for the Iona Institute, a Catholic advocacy group that promotes marriage and religion in society. The group’s leader and social commentator David Quinn expressed his shock at O’Gorman’s death.
“He was a fond and dear friend and we will all miss him,” Quinn said. “We extend our deepest commiserations to his family.”
11Teenage Girl Dies on Dublin Street After Pharmacist Refuses to Give Her an EpiPen Without a Prescription
A 14-year-old girl died recently after a pharmacy wouldn’t give her mother an EpiPen that would have stopped an allergic reaction to peanuts.
Emma Sloan was out to eat with her family when she ordered what she thought was curry sauce from a Chinese restaurant. The sauce turned out to be satay, which is made with peanuts, and a short time later, Sloan complained of trouble breathing.
She began to have a severe allergic reaction from ingesting the peanuts, so her mother ran around the corner to a pharmacy to ask them for an EpiPen. The EpiPen is a pocket-sized shot of adrenaline that reverses the effects of an allergic reaction, and had they been able to get their hands on one, they could have saved Sloan’s life.
The pharmacist, however, denied Sloan’s mother Caroline an EpiPen because she didn’t have a prescription, but encouraged her to take her daughter to the emergency room. Caroline pleaded with the man to give one to her, but he refused. Meanwhile, Emma Sloan laid out on the street in anaphylactic shock, surrounding by a crowd of onlookers as well as her two sisters. After being refused an EpiPen by the pharmacist, Carolina attempted to take her daughter to the nearest hospital, but she wasn’t able to get that far.
Emma collapsed on the street, and even though a passing doctor tried to keep her alive, she succumbed to the reaction and died in front of her family and a group of onlookers.
Caroline says she does not blame the Chinese restaurant for giving them the sauce with peanuts, but is furious that she was ignored by the pharmacist.
"I'm so angry I was not given the EpiPen to inject her. I was told to bring Emma to an A&E department," said Mrs. Sloan. "Emma was allergic to nuts and was very careful. How could a peanut kill my child? I want to appeal to parents of children with nut allergies to make sure their child always carries an EpiPen with them."
Emma has always been very careful and would check the ingredients of every chocolate bar and other foods to be sure they didn't contain nuts," Caroline added.
Both police and the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland are currently investigating the young girl's tragic death.
A woman from Dublin, Ireland is charged with assisting the suicide of a multiple sclerosis sufferer in 2011.
Bernadette Forde, 51, of Morehampton Mews, in Dublin 4, was in the last stages of multiple sclerosis when she was found dead at her apartment two years ago, Irish Independent reported. The investigation into what caused her death has been postponed.
Gail O’Rorke, 42, of Kilclare Gardens in Tallaght appeared at the Dublin District Court Wednesday morning.
Judge Michael Walsh charged O’Rorke under the Criminal Law (Suicide) Act 1993 with aiding and abeting or counseling or procuring the suicide of Forde between March 10 and June 6, 2011, according to The Irish Times. She pleaded “not guilty.”
Detective Sergeant James Byrne told Judge Walsh at Dublin District Court that O'Rorke was detained at Donnybrook Garda Station Wednesday morning.
Judge Walsh was told by state attorney Ronan O'Brien that the DPP has directed that the 42-year-old woman is to face “trial on indictment,” the book of evidence had already been completed and could be served on her.
O’Rorke was sent forward for trial by jury at the Circuit Criminal Court beginning Dec 13.
Prosecutors did not object to bail, which could be set at about $134.
Defense attorney Dara Robinson’s request to grant legal aid to O’Rorke was approved by Judge Walsh. She was then remanded on bail.
In Ireland, helping another person take their own life is a felony, according to TheJournal.ie. Section 2 (2) of the Act says that a person who aids, abets, or procures the suicide of another person, or the attempt by another person to end their own life, can face up to fourteen years in prison.
11Overweight Man Forced to Buy Two Plane Tickets To Accommodate Size and Discovers Seats are in Different Rows
It’s pretty normal for an overweight person to have to buy more than one seat on a flight because they can’t fit in just one, but for a 500-pound man flying round trip from Wales to Ireland, the two seats didn’t do him any good.
Les Price, 43, says he was flying to Ireland from Wales when he realized the two seats he purchased were not next to each other. One of the seats was next to the window, and the other was on the aisle. Another passenger occupied the seat in between, so Price had to switch. On the flight back to Wales, Price found out that the seats weren’t even in the same row. One was in row 17, and the other was in row 19.
“When I got to the airport I had to explain to all the staff why I had two tickets, they didn’t have a clue,” said Price. “When I finally got on the plane one was an aisle seat and the other was by the window – in a three-seat row. On the way back from Ireland one seat was in row 17 and the other in row 19.”
Price says that his weight started to get out of control after he injured himself and was forced to be bedridden for three months. Then, after his wife died of cancer in 2009, the situation became much worse.
Now, the man is set to star in BBC’s Live Longer Wales, a television program that chronicles the weight loss journeys of overweight people in Wales, and provides a commentary on the increasing weight problem in the country.
11Savita Halappanavar's Widower Sues Irish Hospital Over Death After The Woman Was Denied an Abortion
31-year-old Savita Halappanavar was 17 weeks pregnant when she was admitted to the hospital and found out she was miscarrying. She requested that her doctors terminate the pregnancy, but they refused, and Savita died from an infection not long after.
Now, Savita’s widower Praveen is taking legal action against Galway University Hospital and Dr. Katherine Astbury for what he deems negligence and a breech of Savita’s right to life.
"It is a personal injury summons seeking compensation for the loss suffered by Praveen on the death of his wife Savita,” said Praveen’s lawyer, Gerard O’Donnell, to the Irish Times. “She had a constitutional right to life and that constitutional right was breached. The papers cover in excess of 30 particulars of neglect separate from the constitutional breach.”
O’Donnell also further explained the reason why Dr. Astbury is also named as a co-defendant.
"The matter is now with them and it all depends on the attitude of the defendant,” said O’Donnell. “Because the HSE Clinical Indemnity Scheme does not name individual doctors we took the view that it was important to do so in case any matters arise in the future.”
According to O’Donnell, Praveen is in a difficult place after his wife’s death, but is moving forward with legal action almost a year later.
"He's still very upset about everything,” said O’Donnell. “It is coming up to the first anniversary and that is very hard for him but he is happy that we are moving forward.”
Reports show that Dr. Astbury, who refused to perform an abortion on Savita after it was realized that she was miscarrying, ultimately causing the woman’s death, did not look at the patient notes on the day that she died, instead relying on the registrar to do it. Now, Praveen Halappanavar is fighting the hospital and doctor in the hopes of finding justice for his wife’s untimely death.